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Friends seek help with book sale at McHenry library

McHENRY – The Friends of the McHenry Public Library are gearing up for its April 20-21 Spring Book Sale.

They need help sorting all the donated items, including books, movies and CDs.

The Friends will sort books in the library’s warehouse, 809 N. Front St., starting March 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. until the sale.

The Friends also need donations of books for the sale. They no longer accept donations of LP records, encyclopedias, textbooks or Readers Digest Condensed books. Small bags or boxes of books can be dropped off in the library’s lobby (ask at the Checkout or Returns Desk for specific location). Those who have a large donation of items should call the building manager at 815-385-0036 to arrange a dropoff directly to the warehouse entrance.

The hours of the sale are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20, and noon to 4 p.m. April 21. Sunday will be a bag sale at $4 a bag. There will be a Friends member’s preview sale April 18. (Members as of March 31 may attend the preview sale.) No scanners are allowed.

For the two weeks leading up to the book sale, patrons who check out one or more items from the library will receive a coupon for a free book at the sale (one to a customer).

The sale will feature hundreds of hardcover and paperback books, audio-visual materials and more at bargain prices. Patrons will be charged a $10 fee to bring in scanners.

The sale will be in the library’s warehouse. Shoppers should park in the north lot and use Entrance B toward the rear of the building.

Proceeds from the sale fund programs and projects that benefit the library’s patrons. The public is invited to attend Friends’ meetings at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.

To volunteer for the book sale, contact the Friends by email at or call the library at 815-385-0036 and ask for Bill.

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