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Super deals at annual library book sale

January 27, 2018 GMT

Savvy shoppers know the best deals to be found Super Bowl weekend are at the Friends of the Columbus Public Library Book Sale.

Book sale hours will be Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 4, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Most hardbacks are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents and for this particular sale, all children’s through young adult books are on sale for 25 cents each, because we have so many.

Let me share with you a sampling of what we have to offer. On the “nearly new” shelf, which contains books with a copyright within the last three years, we have titles by Nelson DeMille, Clive Cussler, Lee Child, Louise Erdrich, Michael Palmer, James Patterson, J. D. Robb, John Sandford and more. These books are priced at $2.50, still a steal when you consider they were recently selling for $20 and up.

Our “staff picks” shelf has a wide variety of books that have jumped out at staff for one reason or another. No. 7 on Amazon’s “most read” chart, “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie was even recently featured on the television show “Young Sheldon.” Our edition has the same cover as the book that was featured on the show!

Another title with a television tie-in is “Big little lies” by Liane Moriarty, which recently was turned into an HBO production starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and several other famous actors.

Who wouldn’t be intrigued by the title “Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them” by Donovan Hohn?

Any true fan of “The Sound of Music” will be interested in the real story behind the movie, “The story of the Trapp family singers,” written by Maria Trapp herself. Other biographies include “Lady from Savannah,” about the founder of Girl Scouts, and “Desert flower: the extraordinary journey of a desert nomad,” about a young, illiterate, African girl who ends up an internationally famous model.

If you are more of a visual person, one of our several Norman Rockwell books may appeal to you, or “Cranes on parade,” a photo book of the crane sculptures created in Kearney.

Perhaps you would like your funny bone tickled, in which case I recommend “The great American book of church signs” which features a sign on the cover that proclaims, “Free trip to heaven, details inside.”

If you would like to catch a glimpse of what we have in the book sale room, check out the library’s Facebook page, we’ll be posting photographs of books to whet your appetite.

If you like Husker sports, mark your calendar for Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Aaron Babcock, CEO and founder of Hail Varsity magazine and website, will be speaking in the lower level of the library.