Spring has sprung! Stock up on new books at the Friends of West Florida Public Library Spring Book Sale on April 26-28, at the Main Branch Library in downtown Pensacola, 239 N. Spring St.

Our hard-working volunteers are already dividing the books into different genres to make it easier to find your favorites! Here are the details:

Friday, April 26 – Friends’ Advance Sale from 3-7pm * Get first dibs on the best selection of books. General admission is $5 at the door, Friends’ members are admitted free. (Memberships can be purchased at the door!)

Friday prices are as follows:

  • Adult books (hardcover and softcover): $2.50
  • Trade paperbacks: $1.25
  • Children’s hardcover: $2.00
  • Children’s softcover: $1.00
  • Audiobooks: $2.50
  • VHS/cassettes: $1.00
  • Albums: individually priced
  • Collector’s Corner items: individually prices
  • We are not selling games or puzzles.

Saturday, April 27 – Regular Sale from 9am-5pm * FREE Admission and reduced prices.

Sunday, April 28 – Bag Sale from 10am – 3pm * It’s simple. We’ll give you a brown paper bag, you place whatever books you can fit inside, and pay $5 for each bag you fill. Buy as many bags as you want… we have carts to help haul away your loot!

We accept cash, checks (with ID), and credit cards.

As always, your contributions and purchases help the mission of the Friends organization: supporting the West Florida Public Library’s efforts to build community and improve literacy.

After Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle in October 2018, a team from the University of West Florida and the Santa Rosa County School District wanted to help students affected by the storm. Entire schools were destroyed or closed “until further notice,” and years of classroom materials and resources had disappeared.

This led to the creation of the Great Gulf Coast Read, an interactive, web-based elementary reading initiative for students, teachers and parents in the counties affected by Hurricane Michael.

The program features UWF athletes, students from East Milton Elementary School and celebrity guests on video reading books on Facebook to students in grades K-5. Some of the books selected for the Great Gulf Coast Read are from the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program, a statewide reading motivational program for students.

After a class finishes a book, the students have the opportunity to answer questions about each story and to complete activities to sharpen reading comprehension.

Pensacon, the Gulf Coast’s largest pop culture convention, got involved by enlisting celebrity readers (like Star Trek’s Walter Koenig), holding a book drive at their December Yule Ball, and auctioning off VIP passes.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, Pensacon will hold another book drive at the West Florida Public Library’s downtown branch, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For every donation of a new or like-new children’s book, donors will receive a chance to win a coveted VIP pass to Pensacon 2019, Feb. 22-24. The more books you give, the better your odds are to win the pass!

In addition, Friends of West Florida Public Library is collecting donations throughout the month of February to benefit schools in Calhoun County. Click here and select the “Great Gulf Coast Read Donation” to make a tax-deductible donation. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be given to the Calhoun County School District.

To learn more about the Great Gulf Coast Read or to take part in the reading activities, follow the Great Gulf Coast Read on Facebook.

It’s back! The Big Winter Book Sale. This will be a 2-day sale at the downtown library.

Doors open Saturday 1/26 at 9 am and close at 5pm. Paperbacks are 2 for $1. Everything else is only $1!

The popular $5 Bag Sale starts at 10 am on Sunday 1/27 and ends at 3pm. It’s simple. We provide the brown paper grocery bags. You fill as many bags as you want for only $5 each. Can you beat the record of 67 books in one bag?

Note that items for this sale will not be organized into specific categories. We will accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

The kids are back in school, and the dog days of summer are gone. It’s time to refresh your bookshelves at the Friends of West Florida Public Library’s Big Fall Book Sale, Sept. 28-30.

Thousands of hardcover, paperback, and collectible books will be available for purchase, plus a variety of DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and other items. Proceeds are used to fund programs and enhancements at West Florida Public Library (WFPL) branches.

Friday, Sept. 28 is the Friends’ Advance Sale. From 3pm to 7pm, Friends of WFPL members get exclusive early access to the Book Sale. Non-members can pay $5 admission to take part in Preview Day. Memberships can be purchased at the door.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Book Sale will be open from 9am to 5pm, with free admission for all shoppers and reduced prices.

Sunday, Sept. 30 is the final day of the Book Sale, with free admission and the popular $5 Bag Sale from 10am to 3pm. For just $5, you can get as much as will fit in a brown paper grocery bag. (Bags are provided.) Carts will be available to help carry the bags to your vehicle.

Book Sale items include thousands of generous donations from the public and some library books retired from circulation, many of them now out-of-print. Novels and mysteries are sorted by author or into genres like Science Fiction and Westerns. Other book categories include arts and entertainment, children’s, cookbooks, history, holidays, home and hobbies, literature, foreign language, military, modern living, nature and gardening, religion, science, sports, technical, and travel. There are also recorded books, magazines, and other media for sale.

The Collector’s Corner will feature an assortment of signed books, pre-1950s books, books by local and Florida authors, and other special books that are great for gifts. These items are priced as marked and must be checked out separately, so shoppers paying by check should bring two of them.

Payment by cash or check is preferred, but credit cards are welcome.

Friends of West Florida Public Library is a non-profit support organization of the West Florida Public Library. For more information or to become a Friends member, visit friendsofwfpl.org.

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Downtown Library, 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola, FL 32502

It’s back! The Big Summer Book Sale – this time for two days only:

  • Saturday, July 14 – 9 am to 5 pm. Everything is only $1
  • Sunday, July 15 – 10 am to 3 pm. This is the $5 Bag Sale

 

The rules for the $5 Bag Sale are simple:  We provide the brown paper grocery bags, and you fill as many bags as you want for only $5 each.  Can you beat the record of 67 books in one bag?

 

Note that items for this sale will not be organized into specific categories. We will accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

Spring has sprung! Stock up on new books at the Friends of West Florida Public Library Spring Book Sale on April 27-29. Our hard-working volunteers are already dividing the books into different genres to make it easier to find your favorites! Here are the details:

Friday, April 27 – Friends’ Advance Sale from 3-7pm * Get first dibs on the best selection of books. General admission is $5 at the door, Friends’ members are admitted free. (Memberships can be purchased at the door!)

Saturday, April 28 – Regular Sale from 9am-5pm * FREE Admission

Sunday, April 29 – Bag Sale from 10am – 3pm * It’s simple. We’ll give you a brown paper bag, you place whatever books you can fit inside, and pay $5 for each bag you fill. Buy as many bags as you want… we have carts to help haul away your loot!

As always, your contributions and purchases help the mission of the Friends organization: supporting the West Florida Public Library’s efforts to build community and improve literacy.

 

 

 

It’s Back! Don’t miss our famous $5 Bag Sale on Saturday, January 20, from 9 am – 5 pm at the Downtown Branch of West Florida Public Libraries, 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola. We give you the bag, you fill it, and then you pay only $5. There’s no limit on the number of bags you can fill.

Thanks to a grant from the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival, the Friends of West Florida Public Library is sponsoring an Altered Books Exhibition. You are invited to get creative and alter or transform a book. An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance/meaning.

You may submit your altered book(s) at Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place, on November 4 and 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Submissions will be on display at Artel Gallery, November 7-18.  A reception will be held on Thursday, November 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

There will be 2 divisions: K-12 Students and Artists (includes college students). Three winners will be awarded cash prizes ($150, $100, $50) in each division.

Exhibition Conditions

  • Submissions must be a book, not just pages taken from a book
  • Only 3 pieces per artist may be submitted
  • Artel Gallery receives 20% of any sales price (so price accordingly)
  • Art work must be displayed throughout exhibition (even if it sells)
  • Art work must be picked up December 16 (remaining items will be discarded)

 

*The altered book above is courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/people/robfos*

For more information visit facebook.com/FriendsofWFPL or www.artelgallery.org

 

Winter is Coming, and not just for Game of Thrones fans. It’s time to stock up on books at the Friends of West Florida Public Library Fall Book Sale on September 29 – October 1. Our hard-working volunteers are already dividing the books into different genres to make it easier to find your favorites! Here are the details…

Friday, Sep 29 – Friends’ Advance Sale from 3-7pm
Get first dibs on the best selection of books. General admission is $5 at the door, Friends’ members are admitted free. (Memberships can be purchased at the door!)

Saturday, Sep 30 – Regular Sale from 9am-5pm
FREE Admission

Sunday, Oct 1 – Bag Sale from 10am – 3pm
It’s simple. We’ll give you a brown paper bag, you place whatever books you can fit inside, and pay $5 for each bag you fill. Buy as many bags as you want… we have carts to help haul away your loot!

Credit Cards will be accepted.

As always, your contributions will support the West Florida Public Library’s efforts to build community and improve literacy.

We have moved into a new, permanent sort facility for our Book Sale donations!

The new drop-off location for donations to The Friends of West Florida Public Library, Inc. is 325 E. Commerce Street, Pensacola, Fl 32507.

We are only there every Thursday from 9am to 12noon except on holidays. Ring the front doorbell and we will come out to get your books. For large donations, please call Linda Williams at 450-2469. Thank you for supporting your libraries.