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The Columbus Days Book Sale is fast approaching, and we have been working hard to get all the donations put away into categories for your shopping convenience.

The fun begins Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6-9 p.m. and continues Friday, Aug. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 20, from 1:30-5 p.m. On Sunday only all items will be $2 per bag. The earlier you come to the sale, the better the selection, so come early and come often to find those treasures.

The chillier temperatures we have been experiencing are a reminder that fall is around the corner. Maybe “Best-ever Soups” from our large cookbook section is just what you need to be prepared. Are you expecting an addition to the family? Then come get “100,000 baby names” from our parenting area. Is Bible study your thing? We have many books in our religion section that will aid you. Maybe your summer goal of losing weight hasn’t gone the way you would’ve liked. Our diet section has a wide and varied selection.

Are you one of those people who starts thinking about Christmas now? We even have a Christmas section with everything from fiction to get you in the mood to craft books to start working on those gifts. Perhaps you even like making crafts out of books. We have several shelves of Reader’s Digest books that are great for that purpose.

Our nearly new section features books that have been published in the last three years. They are a steal at $2.50. Some of the authors we have are Danielle Steel, John Grisham, John Sandford, Janet Evanovich, Diana Palmer, Geraldine Brooks, James Patterson, Michael Chabon and several more.

One section we recently started that has proven very popular is our “staff picks” area. These are books that intrigue us so much we want to be sure our customers notice them. “The baby on the car roof and 222 more urban legends” is sure to entertain and perhaps make you shake your head. “In his own write” by John Lennon is a must-have for any die-hard Beatles fan. Anyone who enjoys nostalgia, cooking or Americana should pick up “Neighboring on the air: cooking with the KMA radio homemakers.” This book shares the recipes, biographies and household advice from the women who were part of the longest-running homemaker program in the history of radio.

Most hardback books are $1 and all paperback, children’s or young adult books are 50 cents. We also have a wide selection of VHS for 25 cents each, and a few DVDs for $1. Pre-bagged paperback romances are $2 per bag for the entire sale.

A study published by Yale researchers in the September 2016 issue of Social Science & Medicine found that book readers live on average two years longer than non-readers. So do yourself a favor, and come get some books.

Melodee Pedersen is a member of the Columbus Public Library Board and book sale chairperson for the Friends of the Columbus Public Library.

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