Wake Libraries’ Book Sale & Festival Offers Bargains, Kids Activities
Ready to get book bargains, enjoy a free festival with kids activities and support a worthy cause, all at the same event? Book lovers of all ages are invited to browse more than 450,000 books at the annual Wake County Public Libraries’ Book Sale and Festival, which runs Thursday, March 29, through Sunday, April 1, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Jim Graham Building, in Raleigh.
While you shop this year, you’ll also find a festive atmosphere that includes live music-from bagpipes and African drums to Scottish fiddles-until 7 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, book characters will be mingling with the crowds, and kids can enjoy crafts and games, face painting, magic shows, stilt walking and juggling, live musical performances and dances. View the schedule of kids activities here. The book sale and festival will run from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and the four-day event is expected to draw more than 18,000 visitors.
The books for sale were donated to Wake County libraries during the past year or were removed from the libraries’ shelves due to decreased demand. Book prices on Thursday and Friday will be $4 for each hardbound book /media, and $2 each for paperbacks and children’s materials. Saturday is “half-price day” when the prices drop to $2 for each hardbound book/media, and $1 for each paperback and children’s materials. On Sunday, dubbed “bargain day,” the library will provide bags and boxes for customers to pack at $2 per bag and $5 per box.
Don’t leave home without a hand truck or book cart to haul your bargains. Your purchases will help the libraries; profits from the sale are credited as library revenue and help to establish the book budget for the following year.