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Annual book sale is almost here

The annual Friends of the Douglas County Library Book Sale will be held on Thursday, August 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 311 Broadway in Alexandria.

The sale will feature thousands of titles for children and adults in many categories - fiction, mystery, science fiction, Westerns, and romance, along with thousands of non-fiction books that are organized by subject. Paperbacks and non-print materials are also available. After 5 p.m. you can fill your bag for $3.

This year the Friends will have a special collection of older/collectible books. A committee has been researching the rarer books that have been donated. The books will be specially priced. The rarer books have always been my favorite part of the book sale.

A few years ago I purchased a book for my Titanic loving brother-in-law - Sinking of the Titanic Memorial Edition: Thrilling Stories Told by Survivors by Jay Henry Mowbray. It was his favorite present.

I've peeked at some of the titles that will be on the collectibles tables this year. Here are a few examples that may appeal to lovers of older books.

Jo's Boys by Louisa M. Alcott (Orchard House Edition by Little, Brown and Company, published in 1946).

Farm Boy: A Hunt for Indian Treasure by Phil Stong, pictures by Kurt Wiese (E.M. Hale and Company, published in 1934).

Mrs. Hill's New Cook Book -Housekeeping Made Easy - a Practical System for Private Families, in Town and Country by Mrs. A. P. Hill (G. W. Dillingham, Publishers, published in 1888).

Audels Gardeners and Growers Guide 3 volumes, leather bound by Edward C. Vick (Theo Audel and Company, published in 1928).

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Macmillan Company, published in 1936).

I'm saving my money to buy the Gone with the Wind book for my collection.

See you at the collectible table at the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.