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Library Book Sale This Weekend or Free Books All Year Round

September 13, 2014

221You know how there are some good news-bad news jokes? Well, today’s bargain is kind of like that only it’s a good news-better news joke.

The good news is that the Friends of the Library are holding their Big Fall Book Sale at Magnuson Park from 9 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The prices have jumped a little bit, so the bargains aren’t as good as they used to be. Hardbacks and paperbacks are now $2 each, but they are half price all day Sunday. Kids and young adult books and CDs and DVDs are still only $1.

The even better news is that you don’t have to wait for a library book sale to save money. Heck, there are places you can get them for free and you can find them all over town.

They’re called Little Free Libraries and they pop up where you least expect them. Usually, they’re in front of people’s houses and they are in cities all across the country. All you have to do is exchange a book you have for one that interests you.

The disadvantage is that you never know what you’re going to get, but sometimes you find some great stuff that you wouldn’t have otherwise considered. I know of six within walking distance of my house and yesterday I found a book that I was hoping to find at the library book sale (“The Racketeer” by John Grisham). You can find a list of them, but it does take a little time to find them because they are listed alphabetically by state and, well, Washington is in the W’s…so it’s a pain in the butt. There is a Seattle Little Free Libraries Facebook page, however.

In fact, if you want to save even more, you can go to my favorite little library at The Bryant Corner Cafe and Bakery almost any day of the week because they not only have a lot of books, but they also have good deals every day of the week. Kids eat free Monday, half price cookies on Tuesday, $2 lattes on Wednesday, half price pastries on Thursday (and 2 for 1 burgers on Thursday nights) and half off homemade bread (around $1.75) on Fridays.

So you can get a free book and a nice little treat. And the lattes are amazing. And I don’t even like coffee.

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  1. Richard C. permalink
    September 13, 2014 10:36 am

    We have seven within a mile of our home on View Ridge, and we try and support them. The most awesome little library I know of is on Malden Street near Harrison on Capitol Hill. This little library turns over books at an amazing rate, and the variety that are left off is quite diverse. This library characterizes the very unique neighborhood where I am fortunate to have a nearby office. You can leave any type of book at this library, and there will be an audience for it.

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