For some, there is nothing comparable to the joy of cracking open a new book.
Bookworms all over Citrus County will be pleased to know the Friends of the Citrus County Library System will host a Mega Book Sale spring fundraiser Friday, March 6, through Tuesday, March 10, at the Citrus County Auditorium at the Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S. Florida Ave., Inverness.
The Friends of the Citrus County Library System is comprised of four county libraries: Central Ridge, Coastal Region, Lakes Region and Floral City. Each day of the sale will offer different deals and all of the profits made will go back into acquisitions of materials for these libraries.
The book sale kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, with the cost of admission a $5 donation. As this is the first day of the sale, shoppers will have a large selection of books to choose from.
“People are lined up outside on Friday night waiting to get in. It’s really a big deal,” said Cathy Lindell, Friends of the Citrus County Library System member. “We will have thousands of books available of all genres. There will be something there for everyone.”
Attendees will have quite the selection of items to choose from, as the book sale will offer more than books.
“We will have DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, puzzles and of course, our ‘Treasures’ section, which will offer special items of all kinds,” Lindell said.
Shoppers can save by attending from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, when admission to the sale is free.
The sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, where everything is half price. With books already marked at such reasonable prices, this should be a huge day of savings for shoppers.
“Most of our fiction books are $2,” Lindell said. "At half-price, this will allow shoppers to bring home double the goods!"
For those who are able to wait it out, the sale will offer "$5 a bag day" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
“We’ll provide you a bag and you fit everything you can fit in it and it will only be $5,” Lindell said. The sale will conclude Tuesday, running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as "$5 a box day."
“We’ll give everyone a banana box and it’ll be $5 to fill it,” Lindell said.
All are encouraged to come out and see what the sale has to offer.
“I’ve been involved with this for 3 or 4 years now and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Lindell said. “Thousands of books just fill the auditorium. It’s overwhelming.”
Some things to know before attending:
• Only cash or checks will be accepted as a form of payment. If paying with a check,a photo ID is required.
• Shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of the book sale holding area, where items may be left temporarily to be picked up when ready to check out. Items not picked up by the close of day will be restocked.
• Personnel will be available to transport heavy boxes and/or bags to the parking area and load them into vehicles for patrons requiring assistance.
• Pets are not permitted into the sale.
For information about the Mega Book Sale spring fundraiser, visit foccls.org or call 352-513-4935.