If you go
FCPL Friends & Advocates spring book sale
• Member Preview Sale:
Learn more about the sale, donations and memberships at forsythfol.org.2 to 5 p.m. today10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday Cumming library, 585 Dahlonega Road
With books surrounding them, friends of the Forsyth County Public Library waded through thousands of materials to get ready for their biggest sale yet.
The Friends & Advocates spring sale at the Cumming branch of the library this weekend will feature more than 10,000 books, plus hundreds of CDs and DVDs.
The sale opens to members today and to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Lynn Pansen, who is running the spring sale, attributed the large inventory to the success of the group’s year-round used book store, which opened last month at the Cumming library.
"We can’t sell them fast enough through the store," Pansen said. "My goal this time is to clean our inventory."
A combination of increased community donations and materials out of circulation in the library make up the thousands of potential buys.
Sorted by category, books include nonfiction and fiction for adults, as well as thousands of materials for children.
"You can get lost in here," Pansen said.
Most books in the main room go for 50 cents for a paperback or $1 for a hardcover.
Everything will be out for browsing, though people may need to shuffle some boxes around at the start of the sale, Pansen said.
The member preview today allows a first look at what’s available, she said, adding that memberships can be bought at the door.
A smaller room at the sale contains the special collections section, which includes materials that fetch a higher price or can be sold as a set.
First editions and signed books line the shelves, as well as collections including LIFE nature books, Civil War volumes, encyclopedias and condensed Reader’s Digest.
Pansen said some people purchase the hardcover sets for display on shelves at home, since many have an antique look.
Proceeds from the sale, as from the used book store, go toward program funding at the library’s branches, said spokeswoman Paula Glover in a statement.
Those efforts include summer reading programs, youth book discussion groups, Forsyth Reads Together and guest lecturers.