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Friends of the Cape Library Fall Book Sale starts Friday

By CJ HADDAD - | Nov 16, 2023

Book and media lovers will have the chance to find some great deals this weekend at the Cape Coral Library.

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library, a non-profit organization that supports the library, is hosting its annual Fall Book Sale Fundraiser this Friday and Saturday in the meeting room.

Thousands of books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale, most under $2.

“In our huge meeting room, we’ll have tables wall-to-wall filled with books,” said FOCCL Publicity and Art Gallery Chair Monica Rahman. “It’s pretty impressive the first time a book-lover sees it.”

These book sales serve as fundraisers for FOCCL, and are usually held each year in April and November. Member volunteers thoroughly enjoy opening the cartons of donated books as they arrive in a huge truck from their storage facility, with well over 500 boxes full of selection. Members then arrange books by type and category.

The sale will be open to the public on Nov. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. A special FOCCL members-only preview sale will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The sale will feature lots of fiction for adults, and a large section for children and teens. Attendees can find non-fiction sorted by subject, such as Art, Crafts, History, Biography, Cookbooks, Gardening and more. The Friends of the Cape Coral Library recently received a large donation of brand new non-fiction books, primarily on historical topics, and these will be offered for purchase at this sale. Shoppers can also find audio books and music CDs, plus movies on DVD. Most items are $1 or $2, with small paperbacks at less than a buck.

Attendees should bring cash or personal check, as credit cards are not accepted.

“All of the items are donated, and all year round we accept donations and sort them,” Rahman said. “We make sure all the books that go to the sale are quality books. Some of the books donated, it looks like they were not even read. There’s just such quality.”

New this year will be a book craft table, where member volunteers will show off their talents in creating crafts from books.

“We have very creative volunteers who donate crafts donated from repurposed books and book pages,” Rahman said, noting that members create bracelets, book marks and even holiday-themed trees.

There will also be large selection of “special” books, such as those by Florida authors, autographed books, collectibles and more, that are priced somewhat higher, but are still at bargain prices.

“These would be for collectors, or some are first editions,” Rahman said. “There are some really cool books there.”

Proceeds from the event are used to support the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library branch.

“Our mission is to provide direct support to the Cape Coral Library, and enhancements to the library experience,” Rahman said.

The FOCCL funds the Summer Reading Programs at the Cape Coral Library, funds library programs all year for all age groups, organizes exhibits by local artists, organizes and sponsors the annual “Coloring the Earth” environmental art contest, acts as a sponsor for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, collaborates with the Garden Club of Cape Coral to support the Butterfly Garden at the Cape Coral Library, and more.

“We also fund many projects as requested,” Rahman said.

The Cape Coral Library is at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace. For information, visit capefriends.org.