Amazing selections for all shoppers at this weekend's Friends' Mt. Prospect Library Book Sale

Cowabunga! Everything you wanted to know about aviation- from flying, to weather patterns, plane maintenance, airport management, crisis operations, WW II ace pilots and more- are just some of the amazing new collections of books, DVDs, audio books, video games, puzzles, CDs, graphic novels, comic books, and more for sale at this weekend's, Saturday, Oct. 21-Sunday, Oct. 22, quarterly Friends of the Mt. Prospect Public Library Book Sale at 10 South Emerson Street.

The Friends sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free as is parking.

"Our community continues to donate amazing collections of books, movies, music and other items for our book sales, so you never know what type of treasures you'll find at the sale," Friends of the Mt. Prospect Public Library President Pat Klawitter said. "We have a huge selection of items to choose from for every age. I often come across folks that find something new they never thought of purchasing and were quite pleased, like a new author or quirky cookbook.

"The amazing selection we have could lead to another record-breaking book sale. In July, thanks to the community, we had the best-ever book sale in our 41 years. Saturday, July 15, was our largest single sale day ever. It started with a line waiting out the door for the 9 a.m. opening. Sales alone totaled more than last April's two-day quarterly book sale or any of the quarterly book sales held in the past," Klawitter said. "We hope to see everyone back this weekend. They will be very pleased with the new selections."

So brisk were the sales at the July book sale in all three sales areas that two-thirds of the more than 1000 DVDs and half the better books sold the first day by midafternoon.

This weekend's sale takes place in three areas; first, Meeting Room A on the first floor has individually priced 'better books' on all topics for various individual prices (including the amazing aviation collection in the 'Planes, Trains, and Cars' area), teens and children's books, CDs (including a collection of almost 500 classical CDs, many sealed), DVDs and the 'Spotlight' section; second, the garage level Friends room next to the elevator and at the bottom of the stairs has tons of hardcover books- including mysteries, classics, novels, health, children's and teen books, travel, biographies and more -in great shape for $1 each and softcover books for 50 cents each; and, third, the lower level garage area will have tables and tables of paperbacks and audiovisual materials for 25 cents. Other, miscellaneous treasures will also be for sale in the garage.

"The book on how to cook Illinois roadkill was pretty interesting," one volunteer said. "While researching it we found the publisher has one roadkill cookbook for just about every state."

Shoppers can peruse through a variety of items including new cookbooks, hard to find classics, biographies, graphic novels, gardening, travel, history, sport, hobbies, art, engineering, computers, gaming, business and finance, pets, transportation (planes, trains, boats and autos), top authors, great mysteries, and a huge array of teen and kids' books are ready for a new home. The sale also features books in several world languages and a 'Spotlight' area for special items. Credit cards are accepted.

Not only will shoppers find great items, but they help the community. Proceeds from the Friends,' a 501(c) 3) charitable organization, book sale support Library programs, patron services, and staff initiatives. Friends is a group of volunteers dedicated to the community and library that donate their time to provide the quarterly Friends of the Library Book Sale and the 'Holiday Book Sale' set for Saturday, Nov. 18. The Friends always welcome new volunteers. Go to for information on how to join.

"We thank everyone who donated such great books, DVDs and music to the library. We look forward to seeing everyone and helping them find a great read," Klawitter said. "Remember, our volunteers can also help you find what you're looking for and we're sure you'll find it at this weekend's sale!"

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