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Library friends bring best bargains on books

CARLSBAD — As soon as that April 15 tax deadline passes, it’s time to give a sigh of relief, relax, and curl up with a good book. To help with that, the Friends of the Carlsbad Library will be offering a great selection of reading treasures at their Spring Better Books sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16 and 1 to 3 p.m. April 17 in the Community Room of the Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive.
In conjunction with the sale, the Carlsbad Garden Club will be holding its Spring Plant Sale outside the library during the same hours.
The book sale will feature the best of hundreds of like-new volumes that have been culled from donations to the Friends of the Library used-book store throughout the year. Proceeds from the event go toward the purchase of library books and materials and help fund library programs, such as the Summer Reading Program for children and Carlsbad Reads Together, the annual communitywide reading event that continues with special library events during the entire month of April.
“I continue to be amazed at the quality of donations we receive,” said Taffy Cannon, president of the Friends of the Carlsbad Library. “These sales let us find new homes for special books and help the library at the same time.”
The event will offer hundreds of coffee-table books and other volumes at a fraction of retail price. They include books on art, nature, photography and history, as well as a variety of graphic novels and hardback copies of recent best-sellers. As always, one of the highlights this year will be a wide array of like-new and vintage children’s books.
In addition to hosting the twice-annual Better Books Sales, Friends of the Library volunteers staff the bookstore at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. They also offer used books and magazines for sale at the Georgina Cole Library.
People can donate books and magazines they no longer need by bringing them to the checkout desk of either library or by placing them in the donation bin near the Dove Library’s service entrance on the south side of the building.
Some donated items go into the library’s collection, while the rest are sold by the Friends, who raise more than $100,000 a year for library programs and materials. For more information, call the bookstore at (760) 602-2020 or visit