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Spring Book Sale next weekend at Cape Coral Library

April 19, 2019
By Monica Rahman - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It's time again for an immensely popular, multiple day event at the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library.

This year's Spring Book Sale will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27, at the library at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, off Mohawk Parkway.

For anyone who hasn't visited one of these semi-annual fundraisers before, they are a booklover's dream. The big meeting room of the Cape Coral Library will be filled to the brim with tables of quality used books arranged by category. The sale includes a large selection of fiction and non-fiction titles that are organized by category: Art, Crafts, Sports, Hobbies, Travel, Military, History, Biography, Nature, Gardening, Philosophy, Religion, Self-help, Cookbooks, Children's Books and more.

Recently donated are materials on genealogy and dictionaries in a variety of languages as well as books on quilting. There will be DVDs and music CDs as well as audio books on CD.

Most items are $1 or $2. There is also a special table for books of interest to collectors that are somewhat higher priced but still great bargains. All the books are new to the sale, none held over from the previous fall sale.

Cash and checks accepted, but not credit cards. For more information, visit You can also call the Friends' hotline at 239-349-2572. Please leave a clear message with your phone number and your question so that someone can call you back.

As the Friends of the Cape Coral Library gear up for the Spring Book Sale, the members cite the rallying slogan of the recent National Library Week: "Libraries = Strong Communities." This book sale marks the first time in 12 years that Bob Novander won't be chairing the event. He has retired and handed over the reins to Steve and Bonita Olesen, who along with their first-line team of volunteers, seem to be undaunted by the project that requires accepting and sorting donated books throughout the year.

One day prior to the sale, about 10,000 books are moved from off-site storage locations to the library, and approximately 50 volunteers work to unpack, lovingly display the books by category, and assist shoppers during the sale. Bonita Olesen advises that shoppers should be prepared to find thousands of books "just waiting for you to take them home and get lost in their pages."

"Our prices are reasonable, the selection is immense and the pleasure is all yours," she added. "Bring a big shopping bag and fill it up several times; we'll help transport the bag to your car."

The Friends' steadfast commitment to the fall and spring book sales has resulted in the group raising substantial amounts each year.

"The book sale is one of our biggest fundraisers," said Shirley O"Donnell, a long-time Friends member. "We are renowned for having the largest book sale in Lee County -- a tradition -- we want to retain that title. And it is an event our patrons look forward to."

The success of the fundraising efforts by the Friends affords the Cape Coral Library the ability to offer an exceptional range of free programs for all ages -- from tots to teens to adults. The Friends pay for activities, educational programs and entertainers at the Summer Reading events for youngsters as well as book discussions, craft activities and special programs for grown-ups all year round. The Friends of the Cape Coral Library has made sizeable donations in recent years of an A/V system, furniture in the youth area for families to read together, and 40 foldable activity and display tables that are in constant use for the meeting room programs and the book sales. The Friends group is also a generous contributor to the annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival and maintains an art gallery in the alcove and hall areas of the library where artists can display their works without fees or commissions. In collaboration with the Garden Club of Cape Coral, they maintain a beautiful Butterfly Garden on the library grounds.

Most rewarding to the Friends are the thousands of faithful book buyers. Typical is Fran Coughlin, who moved to Cape Coral some years ago and each spring and fall looks forward to the sales. A life-long reader, mostly fiction, she says: "It is just so exciting - you never know when you will find a new author!"

This time she will also check out the cookbook section, an especially extensive one. And her brother, Fran says, will stock up on music CD's and DVDs.

There will be something for everyone in the meeting room at the Cape Coral Library. So stop by beginning April 25 at noon for the Friends' Members Only Preview Sale (You can sign up at the door for only $15 per family, if not already a member.) or on April 26 or 27 when the sale opens to the public- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday.

Last thoughts from Book Sale Chair-person Bonita Olesen: "I look forward to meeting you at the sale. Please find me and introduce yourself. I'd love to hear about your favorite book and your other book sale adventures."

The Cape Coral - Lee County Public Libraryis at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, off Mohawk Parkway.

Monica Rahman is the Publicity Chair and Immediate Past President of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library



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