West Lafayette Public Library holds annual spring book fair

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Friends of the West Lafayette have planned a fair full of fun.

The annual spring book fair began Friday and will run through April 11 at the West Lafayette Public Library. There will be author and pet visits, prizes, Lemonade Day signup and give-aways, free rides in the Boilermaker Special and refreshments for sale.

West Lafayette Public Library director Nick Schenkel said Saturday’s events will have something for everyone.

“Indoors, outdoors, upstairs, downstairs, the library will be filled with activities to interest all ages,” said Schenkel.

Saturday’s fair events include:

  • 10 a.m. to noon, Authors Tom Speaker, Born to Sing: A Novel During the Birth of Rock ’n Roll and other titles, and Benjamin Wachs, A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lemonade Day signup in the yellow tent with Ms. Lemon Head; free backpacks and goodies
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pets activities for children: pet certified therapy dogs, make pet crafts to take home and choose a free pet-themed book
  • 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., Author Stephen Moss, The Sweetest One
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Boilermaker Special rides
  • Door prizes every hour; must be present to win
  • End-the-day raffle prize

The Audubon Society will offer a plant and bake sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with partial proceeds benefiting Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library.

“Of course, the center of the fair will be the book sale bonanza,” said Schenkel. “We will have a great selection of what we call ‘better books’; ‘rock-bottoms’ that will sell for a quarter; paperbacks for 50 cents; trade paperbacks for $1 and fine hardbacks for $2.”

Those prices will be offered to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  On Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., prices drop in half.  Monday, prices are $3 a bag from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the remaining days through Friday, are $1 a bag, during library hours.

Free parking is available in the library parking garage.

Besides books, the sale will feature videos, books on tape and CD, music tapes and CDs, DVDs, sheet music, puzzles, maps and other items.

“This Spring Book Fair is a great way for individuals and families to enjoy a special outing, find some great take-home bargains and support this community library,” added Schenkel.

Founded in 1959, the mission of the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library is to foster interest in and support for the library, to contribute funds and volunteer services, and to increase public understanding of library services and materials. The Friends also operates the Back Door Book Store, a shop within the library, selling items year round. Support of the library averages about $3,000 a month.

For more details on the book fair events and times, click here.

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