In response to popular demand, the Friends of the Invermere Public Library have devised a plan to hold their annual BIG Book Sale in safer, simpler 2020 style!

On August 1st, from 9:00 to 1:00, volunteers will display a treasure trove of books outdoors, in the parking lot beside the Court House at the corner of 7th Avenue and 4th Street, across the street from the Invermere Public Library. In the event of rain, the sale will be re-scheduled for August 8th.

To shop safely, all participants must wear masks and will be provided with gloves as they enter the BIG Book Sale compound. Those without masks will have the opportunity to purchase them at the entrance for $2. Hand sanitizer will be on hand and everyone will be urged to observe physical distancing while shopping.

As always, the Friends will be selling gently-used and generously-discounted books of every imaginable genre: best sellers, mystery, adventure, Canadiana, romance, history, historical fiction, science, science fiction, fantasy, health, travel, biography, picture books, chapter books, and youth fiction. Volunteers will replenish the supply of books throughout the sale. “Top Picks”, books in excellent condition by best-selling authors, sell for $5, adult books for $2 and children’s books for $1.

This summer, the Friends have a new book bargain: $5 Sealed Mystery Bags of 3 or 4 books labelled according to genre – thriller, romance, adventure, crafts or gardening, for example. Take a chance and discover a treasure!

The Friends can accept only cash, so search out your stash of five-dollar bills, toonies and loonies that you’ve been hoarding while you’ve tapped your plastic at stores the last few months. All proceeds of the BIG Book Sale fund book and equipment purchases and programs at the Invermere Public Library. Bring a big shopping bag and fill it up to make your contribution to the library.

The BIG Book Sale is a great opportunity for all you avid readers who were book-starved while the libraries and bookstores remained closed in April and May. Mark August 1st (alternatively, August 8th) on your calendar and prepare to satiate your hunger for a good read.