Wake book sale starts Thursday

Posted March 28, 2012
Updated March 29, 2012

Wake County Library Book Sale returns to the Fairgrounds.

— The annual Wake County Public Libraries Book Sale is already drawing eager readers to the NC State Fairgrounds, and is expected to entice thousands more this weekend. The sale began Thursday at 10 a.m. 

The sale moves this year from the Exposition Center to the Jim Graham Building, which is twice the size.

An estimated 450,000 books will be offered for sale at $4 for hardbacks, $4 for media and $2 for paperbacks and children's books. Those prices are halved on Saturday, and on Sunday, the final day of the sale, books can be purchased at $2 for a bag and $5 for a box.

Only cash or checks will be accepted.

Wake County Library Book Sale attracts readers

On Friday there will be live music until 7 p.m. Saturday's family-friendly activities will include balloon artists, games and face painting.

The sale is a fundraiser for the Wake County libraries and the profits will help establish next year's book budget. All of the books in the sale have been donated to the libraries throughout the past year or have been removed from the shelves due to decreased demand.

One woman accidentally donated a book inscribed to her late parents last November, and it was finally found Wednesday night with the book sale merchandise.

Sale hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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  • Daria Mar 29, 2012

    I always go on Sunday and find plenty of books.

  • theresacummings Mar 29, 2012

    Correction!!!! The Booksale is taking credit card payments!

  • Bettie Mar 29, 2012

    I volunteered at the sale yesterday. The new larger location has allowed all the books to be put out. There are not any that haven't been put out for sale. The Children's books are already picked over by the Wake Co. teachers, you better not wait until Sunday if you want some decent ones.

  • pooodaddy Mar 29, 2012

    good place to meet chicks!

  • lyrabellacqua Mar 29, 2012

    Kids books are usually the first to go, but they don't put everything out all on the first day. They hold some back, and put them out each day (or multiple times a day?) so there is always a selection. It is usually slim pickings by the last day of the sale, though. Hope this helps!

  • CricketGayle Mar 29, 2012

    We went last year and got quite a few books on Saturday. They are worn a bit, but we didn't find any that were in "awful shape. I found several cookbooks, adult fiction and kids books.

  • picsatexhibition Mar 29, 2012

    Has anyone ever been to this before? My wife and I are expecting at the end of April and were thinknig we would go on bag day and pick up some kid books. Is it basically picked over by that point?