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.

Friends of West Florida Public Library, a non-profit support organization of the West Florida Public Library, will hold its Big Spring Book Sale from April 28-30 at the downtown Main Library, 239 N. Spring Street. 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 WFPL branches.

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

Sunday, April 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. (Please don’t bring oversized bags from home.) 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. All profits are used to support the West Florida Public Library branches and programs.

It’s that time again! You deserve some great reading material to get through the rest of the winter. Come in out of the cold and fill up on books at the Friends of West Florida Public Library’s $5 Blowout Book Sale.

The rules are simple: just pay $5 for a brown paper grocery bag, and whatever books you can fit inside are yours to take home. Buy as many bags as you want — bring a wheelbarrow or a truck and shop the day away!

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

The sale will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9am – 5pm at the WFPL Main Branch, 239 N Spring Street. See you there!

In recognition of National Friends of Libraries Week (October 16-22) 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 and/or meaning.

You may submit your altered book(s) at Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place, on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Submissions will be on display at Artel Gallery, October 18 through October 28. A reception will be held on Thursday, October 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Three winners will be awarded cash prizes ($150, $100, $50).

The altered book shown is by award winning Pensacola artist Sandy Ford. Find other examples by simply searching Google for altered books. For more information visit facebook.com/FriendsofWFPL or www.artelgallery.org.

Click here to download the Altered Book Check-In Form.

Cool weather is (hopefully) right around the corner, but the deals are just heating up.

Friends of West Florida Public Library, a non-profit support organization of the West Florida Public Library, will hold its Big Fall Book Sale from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at the downtown Main Library, 239 N. Spring Street. 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 WFPL branches.

Friday, Sept. 30 is Preview Day of the Book 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, Oct. 1, the Book Sale will be open from 9am to 5pm, with free admission for all shoppers and reduced prices.

Sunday, Oct. 2 is the final day of the Book Sale, with free admission and the popular $5 Bag Sale from noon to 3pm. For just $5, you can get as much as will fit in a brown paper grocery bag.

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. Most prices range from $0.50 for paperbacks to $2.50 for hardcover. 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.

Cash, check and credit card payments are accepted, and additional donations are welcome. All proceeds are used to support the West Florida Public Library branches and programs.

Summertime, and the living’s easy! You may have eased on through that stack of summer reading, but you can always restock at the Friends of WFPL $5 Blowout Bag Sale.

It’s simple: just pay $5 for a brown paper bag, and whatever books you can fit inside are yours to take home. Buy as many bags as you want and shop the day away!

The sale will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the WFPL Main Branch, 239 N Spring Street.

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

Friends of West Florida Public Library, a non-profit support organization of the West Florida Public Library, will hold its Big Spring Book Sale from April 29 to May 1 at the downtown Main Library, 239 N. Spring Street. 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 WFPL branches.

Friday, April 29 is Preview Day of the Book 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, April 30, the Book Sale will be open from 9am to 5pm, with free admission for all shoppers and reduced prices.

Sunday, May 1 is the final day of the Book Sale, with free admission and the popular $5 Bag Sale from noon to 3pm. For just $5, you can get as much as will fit in a brown paper grocery bag. (Please don’t bring oversized bags from home.)

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. Most prices range from $0.50 for paperbacks to $2 for hardcover. 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. Credit cards are accepted for sales of $20 or more. All profits are used to support the West Florida Public Library branches and programs.

How accurate are the forensic investigations in television shows like “CSI,” “Law and Order” and “Bones”? Can a medical examiner really glean all that information from a dead body, as shown in “Making a Murderer”?

If you’re just dying to find out, join the Friends of West Florida Public Library (WFPL) on Monday, Feb. 1, for a discussion with Dr. Gary Cumberland, forensic pathologist and author of “My Life with Death.”

Dr. Cumberland has performed hundreds of autopsies in his long career as a medical examiner in Pensacola and Mobile, and he will talk about actual cases to explain the principles and procedures of death investigation.

The discussion will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WFPL Main Branch at 239 N. Spring St. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Copies of “My Life with Death” will be available for purchase.

For more information about Dr. Cumberland and his book, check out www.mylifewithdeath.com.