Find treasures aplenty at the April 20-21 Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library Book Sale

Treasures abound at the upcoming April 20-21 Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library book sale. So join the community and lose yourself in a classic mystery, sci-fi book, novel, cookbook, Disney or Marvel adventure; or, learn how to stretch your grocery shopping dollars, how tech can help grow a business, about the world’s mysteries and marvel in luxury fashion books as you sift through the thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games and more at the Saturday, April 20 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Sunday, April 21 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) library blockbuster book sale.

A treat awaits as shoppers can find one-of-a-kind treasures in the new section in meeting room A called “The Gold Mine.” Friends’ volunteers invite shoppers to be a “Mount Prospector” and find a perfect gem, or, they say, an awesomely cool find you did not know existed. Items include unique editions, quirky, vintage, hard-to-find items and white elephant gifts.

Mount Prospect Public Library is at 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. Admission and parking are free. All funds raised go to support library programs for the community. Credit cards are accepted.

The sale will be held in three areas: In the library’s upstairs meeting Room A shoppers will find better quality, gently used or never opened hardcover adult, young adult and children’s books, movies, graphic novels, audiobooks and more, all individually priced; in the open downstairs garage a huge array of paperbacks and soft bound editions including adult, young adult, children’s books and more quirky finds are available for 25 cents; and more treasures can be found in the lower level “Friends Room” by the elevator where hardcover adult, young adult and children’s books, including mysteries, classics, novels, health and diet, children’s and teen books, travel, biographies, military and more, all priced at $1 each with softcover books for 50 cents.

“Again, our community has been extremely generous with their amazing donations to the library for the sale. It is absolutely amazing the quality and depth of the books, DVDs, games and more that we have for shoppers,” Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library President Pat Klawitter said. “We have a larger than usual selection this sale. There are treasures and many hard to find and out-of-print books.”

“Our January book sale broke all records so we’re looking forward to seeing everyone again and helping them find what they’re searching for or suggesting new reads for spring and summer,” Klawitter said. “Needless to say, shoppers can find books on almost any topic. We urge the community to come out and join in the hunt for treasure.”

Shoppers can browse through thousands of books — hardcover and paperback — that include: tons of novels, hard to find classics, luxury fashion and sewing books from the 1940s to now; military books including first hand experiences in battles from 1900 to today; gardening; cookbooks and kitchen tips from top chefs and authors from 1940 through now; graphic novels; pet books; poetry, including vintage, from 1880 to now; a collection of books on firearms for sport and military; sports books including those on the Chicago Cubs 2016 season; timely business and tech books; transportation (planes, trains, boats, motorcycles and autos), construction and, a huge collection of children’s and young adult books, games and puzzles and numerous “how to” books.

“As always, most of the items on sale are appearing in our book sale for the first time and all at bargain prices in great condition,” Klawitter said. “We can’t thank the community enough for all their terrific donations.”

The sale also features books in several world languages.

All proceeds from the Friends’ (a 501(c) (3) charitable organization) book sale support library programs, patron services, and staff initiatives. Friends’ volunteers donate their time throughout the year to organize and hold the quarterly book sales. New volunteers are welcome, Klawitter said. Go to for information on how to participate and donate.

“Join the magic and stroll through the immense collection of books, DVDs, CDs and more this April in three huge areas of the library where we’re sure you’ll have that Aha moment and pick up a treasure for a bargain price,” Klawitter said. “We look forward to seeing everyone as our community rallies together in support of their local library and picks up some new reads for spring and summer reading. There are many jewels to select from.

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