Check Out the Door County Library Book Sale

Starting tomorrow, one of the best opportunities to stock up on late-summer (or year-round) reading material comes to Door County.

Photo by Len Villano.

It’s the Friends of the Door County Libraries Book Sale, and it’s not one to miss.

Alissa Ehmke and I went last year on Saturday to see what we could find, and we ended up with some gems. I got a hardcover copy of my favorite Barbara Kingsolver book, Prodigal Summer, and Alissa walked out with tons of great kids books for her son, including the Dr. Seuss book The King’s Stilts that’s out of print and hard to find.

And we got those books for a steal. Saturday is the last day of the book sale, and for just $2 you can fill a paper grocery bag with books.

While it was awesome to pick up copies of books I already knew I loved, picking out new books that caught my eye was my favorite part of the book sale. I grabbed some winners, like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and didn’t have to waffle about throwing down another buck to try it out.

There’s also something nostalgic about taking home an old library book.

“You get the stamp in the back so you can get all the dates anyone checked the book out,” Ehmke said. “Some of the books are from back in the day. You can tell the popular ones and you get a mini history of the book that way.”

The book sale starts tomorrow at the Sturgeon Bay library, with a special Members Only Night for members of the Friends of the Door County Libraries group. You can become a member for $5 per person or $10 per family. Tomorrow’s sale is from 5-8:30 pm.

Friday’s book sale is open to everyone and held from 9-5, and Saturday’s bag sale ($2 for a paper grocery bag full of books) is held from 9-1 pm.

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