For readers who love a mystery, LaGrange Memorial Library is the place to be Saturday, where a book sale of donated items is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This year we have an extraordinary collection of hardback mysteries,” said Brenda Thomas, president of Friends of LaGrange Memorial Library, which is sponsoring the sale at the library at 115 Alford St.
Authors may not range from A to Z, but they do run from Adler to Wright and everything in between, including multiple volumes by Braun, Brown, Cornwell, Deaver, Evanovich, Kellerman, Robb, Sanders and Patterson.
Many of the mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels are in like-new condition, Thomas said.
The sale also offers volumes of general fiction in hardback and paperback, nonfiction, cookbooks, religious and inspirational works, history, home and gardening, romance novels and other topics.
Biographies look at the lives of people such as Charlie Chaplin, Herbert Hoover, Magellan and Warren Buffett. Travel books include such far-flung sites as Indonesia, England, Vietnam, New Zealand and Craigavon, Northern Ireland.
A 14-volume set of the works of John Wesley and a multivolume set of Harvard Classics published in 1910 also are available.
Children’s books are divided into picture books, early readers, chapter books, young adult fiction and juvenile nonfiction. And there are several first editions in the Harry Potter series.
The sale also includes recent DVDs and CDs with a few VHS recordings and vinyl records with subjects ranging from Barney and the Gospel of John to the movie “The Searchers” starring John Wayne.
Prices are $1 for hardback books, 50 cents for trade paperbacks and 25 cents for mass-market paperbacks. Special sets and first editions will be priced as marked.
DVDs will cost $2, CDs are $1, VHS tapes are 50 cents and cassettes tapes are 25 cents, while sets of audiovisual items will be priced as marked.
Bagged items are 10 for $1. All items will be sold at half price from 4 to 5 p.m.
“The book sale is our major fundraising project of the year,” Thomas said. “All the proceeds from the sale are directed toward the purchase of reading materials, magazine subscriptions, programs and equipment for the libary.
“This is particularly important during these challenging economic times. State funding, which was more than 60 percent of the library’s budget 10 years ago, is now down to 33 percent of the total budget. Money for materials has been cut by 80 percent while use of the library continues to increase. Thus, the support of the Friends of the Library is vital to the success of the library.”
Other projects sponsored by the Friends of the Library include providing books and prizes for the Vacation Reading Club program; purchase of Spanish language materials, magazine subscriptions, children’s books and adult bestsellers; and membership in the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce.
The group also arranges for authors to speak at the library and supports children’s programs and storytellers, trips to literary/historic sites, the Prime Time family reading program, A Taste of Storytelling program and a mini-art exhibit in conjunction with the LaGrange Art Museum.
Members of the Friends of the Library receive a tote bag with the library logo, the group newsletter, advance notice of book sales and special events, early admission to book sales and a free book at the sales.
Yearly memberships begin at $15 for individuals and $25 for families. Checks may be made payable to Friends of LaGrange Memorial Library and mailed to the group at 115 Alford St., LaGrange, Ga. 30240.
• Donations of slightly used books and audiovisual materials for the sale may be made at the library, where a red tub is set up on a table in the lobby. To arrange for pickup of large numbers of books, call Daniel Baker at 706-302-6051.