Library: Get your book shopping muscles ready

Published 9:00 am Monday, August 21, 2017

By John Maruskin

Calling all readers, book lovers and book collectors!

Get your arms and shoulders limbered up because this Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Clark County Public Library will be holding the ultra-fabulous One-Room/One-Day Book Sale. Even if you just want to pick up a few books to while away coming autumn afternoons, this book sale is for you.

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It’s called the One-Room/One-Day book sale because it will only be in the Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room on Saturday. Library book sales are usually in the Brooks Community and the Tucker Board rooms, and they also usually span the entire weekend.

Saturday’s book sale is a light version of the Black Friday Book Sale Extravaganza that will occur Thanksgiving weekend.

The prices for Saturday’s book sale, however, will be as super-duper as the Black Friday Sale … $3 for a bag of books. Yes, you read that right, $3 for a bag of books. The bags will be regulation size grocery plastic bags. Please do not bring your own bags. The Library will supply all bags.

So, along with loosening up your arm and shoulder muscles, practice your packing skills because you can stuff the bag full any way you like.

There will be adult and children’s books, fiction and non-fiction. You can fill bags full of one, the other, or mix them up. Fill as many bags as you like. Doors will not open until 10 a.m. All sales will be finished at 4 p.m.

If you have questions about the book sale, call the library at 744-5661 and ask for circulation manager Lynn Wills or Caleb Diederich, the Library’s book sale genuises.

Libros en Espanol. There’s a new section of Spanish language books in the display fixtures in front of the library’s video section. There’s a small collection of adult fiction and nonfiction, along with four sets of English as a second language DVDs.

The library will be building this collection, so if you have ideas about authors, titles or subjects you’d like to see in it, please give your suggestions to a librarian.

Last Tuesday, the Clark County Human Services Council met at the library and Winchester Tourism Commission Executive Director Nancy Turner showed members how to find out about and post events on the Winchester Community Calendar.

The Winchester Community Calendar is a wonderful asset; as individuals, groups and organizations use it, its importance will grow. There’s a lot happening in Winchester and you can find out all about it at

You can browse all the events occurring each day of the month on the home page, or you can narrow your search by clicking on one of the tabs at the top of the page. Categories include entertainment, education, youth, health and wellness, government, civic, and youth sports. Library events and classes are also listed there. Click on an event link to get details and contact information.

You’ll be amazed and pleased by all that’s happening in Clark County.

Other events this week at the library:

— Wednesday at 2 p.m., Kentucky Picture Show presents the story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil. (2016) Rated  PG-13.

— Friday, 10 a.m., Write Local does.

— Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Outside the Lines Adult Coloring brings the zing. Stop in and color on your way into or out of the book sale.

Children’s author E. Nesbit said, “There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read — unless it is reading while you eat.”

Think how much luxurious your reading will be, how much more snack cash you will have, after only paying $3 for a bag of books.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at