Booklovers Find Relief at the Secondhand Prose Booksale!
July 28, 2009
It's regarded as the best place in town to buy new and used books, CDs and specialty items at greatly reduced prices. But in today's economy, the Secondhand Prose Booksale has become a popular refuge for book lovers looking for bargains to satisfy their literary needs.
Since 1986, the booksale has generated over $3.5 million for library programs and services through the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation. It's held six times a year in a 5,672-square foot section of the Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian Street.
With most materials ranging from 50 cents to $2, including recent adult and juvenile hardbacks, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs, booksale patrons share similar views on what they can find.
"What a great value," said Lawrence Township resident Mary Miles, who recently discovered the Booksale with 11-year-old twins, Amanda and Alexis Puente, whom she babysits. "I bring the kids here as well because they can afford their favorite books with money from their piggybanks," she added.
Stocked with discarded materials from the Library's collection and items donated by the public, Secondhand Prose offers a great alternative for people who don't want to spend full price for their books. Booksale revenues are returned to the community in the form of free programming such as the annual Summer Reading Program, the McFadden Memorial Lecture and special programs at library branches.
"It's a great place to shop," said Indianapolis resident Tasha Pepper. "I always buy my books here because the price is right and there's such variety."
Many savvy patrons visit the booksale during its Half-Price Days or $5 Bag Days, when one can fill a regular shopping bag with as many used books and other items as they can cram into it for one low price.
"You can't beat it," said patron Jack Havens, Sr., who now drives from his Brownsburg home to visit the booksale regularly. "It's easy to shop for bargains and find what you like, in my case mysteries and humor," he added.
The next Secondhand Prose Booksale will be held September 11 - 13. Friends of the Library Preview Night is Friday, September 11 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The booksale opens to the public on Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and continues Sunday, September 13 from 12 noon - 4 p.m.
For information about the booksale or becoming a Friend of the Library, contact the IMCPL Foundation at 275-4700.