The semiannual Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale takes place at Magnuson Park this weekend, April 16-18. And while it isn’t a Wallingford-specific event, the sale does benefit the Seattle Public Libraries, including our own local branch on 45th.
If you haven’t been to one of these sales before, it’s utter bibliophilic madness. Show up caffeinated, and with your own boxes for hauling away your treasures. With over 200,000 books — most of them priced at $1 — you’re gonna find a lot of stuff you wanna haul home.
Art prints and posters
Nonfiction books organized by category
Huge selection of hardcover and paperback fiction
Audio books, music CDs, and movies on VHS and DVD
Large “Better Books” section
Rare, collectible, and sets room
You don’t have to be a Member of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library to shop, but it helps if you’re serious about your books. Members get to attend a pre-sale and silent auction event Friday evening.
The regular sale takes place Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 11-4 at Magnuson Park, at the hangar in building #30, 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Just turn into the main entrance off Sand Point Way, and you can’t miss it. Or take Metro bus routes 30, 74, and 75.
While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers truck for some grub, or grab an espresso drink from just inside the hangar. And look for me on the grass outside (hopefully in the sunshine), reading a gently used book with fellow Seattle book lovers. See you there!