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Fort Myers Beach Public Library Giant Book Sale this weekend

By Staff | Mar 26, 2021

Kathy Polito checks out books at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library

The Fort Myers Beach Public Library will hold its first giant book sale in over a year this Saturday and Sunday.

The book sales held to benefit the library went on hiatus when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

This Saturday and Sunday will mark the first book sale held by Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Public Library since January of 2020.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the outdoor garage of the library at 2755 Estero Blvd.

“We generally make around $2,000 and each year the Friends donate $20,000 to the library for the director’s wish list,” Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Public Library board member Jan Fleming said.

In addition to the book sale, the organizations runs the book shop at the library where it generates the proceeds to help the library for the library director’s “wish list” which can be anything from items for the children’s play room to a piano keyboard, Fleming said.

There will be a new offering this year. A grocery paper bag full of books can be had for $10. The bags will be supplied at the sale.

For those not looking for that many books, the prices will remain the same: $2 for a hardcover and $1 for paperbacks.

“We have an abundance of books since we haven’t had a book sale, and that’s why we’re doing the $10 a bag and hopefully people will add a few donation dollars too,” Fleming said.

Fleming said there will be thousands of books for sale. They range from those being culled off the shelves of the library for replacement to books donated by local citizens.

Along with books, folks can search for DVD’s, CD’s, postcards, greting cards and magnets.

Masks will be required for those attending the book sale. There will also be hand sanitizers and disposable gloves for attendees to use.

In addition, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will be selling #WeAreFMB merchandise. Local artist Chester Rogers will be in attendance offering free children’s portraits. Several local other authors and artists will have tables, including author and photographer Monica Lynn.

For those looking to donate books, they can be brought to the first floor of the library. If you require help carrying them into the library you may contact the library at 239-765-8162.