Friends of the Norman Library is kicking off its year of book sales with the annual February “For the Love of Books” sale on Feb. 9 through Feb. 11.

“This sale used to be a one-day romance sale,” Friends of the Library President Carol Hoadley said.

Last year was the first time they extended it to a three-day sale starting at 6 p.m. on Friday night, then continuing at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The sale takes place primarily in the Lowry Room at Norman Public Library Central and Hoadley said there will be about 8,000 books for sale.

Hoadley said they decided to expand the sale from just romance novels to all forms of media in order to take better advantage of the many books people missed during the larger annual October sale.

This gives the books, CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs a second viewing so money from the sales can help support the organization.

Hoadley said it also puts more books in the hands of local readers, which helps the Friends in their goal of expanding local literacy.

During the sale hardback books will be $1 and $.50 for small paperback books the size of traditional romance novels.

“The sale last year went well enough to encourage us to return in this format,” Hoadley said.

Hoadley said sales also introduce non members to their organization and hopefully encourage more people to become members.

“We support things like the summer reading program for the youth and other programming,” Hoadley said.

Much of this support is seen through purchasing handouts or paying for speakers at different events. There are also multiple events at Norman Public Library Central where the Friends support the programming and sell a selection of books during the event.

These events include the cookbook sale and swap, the annual Crown Tea event, Train Day, the new craft book sale and swap and the two gardening workshops held every year.

“To me, the big one is the summer reading program,” Hoadley said.

Hoadley said the Friends of the Norman Library will want to raise more money to help support the expanded programming offered by Pioneer Public Library Systems when the east location is finished and different community programs are offered at all three locations.

For more information on Friend of the Norman Library and the upcoming sale, visit facebook.com/FriendsoftheNormanLibrary.

The Spring Gardening Workshop, which is supported by the Friends, will be on Feb. 3 at the Norman Public Library Central from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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