Submitted by Sheila Bonny
Friends volunteer

Celebrate the relaxation of COVID restrictions by joining the Friends of the Invermere Public Library for the highlight of a book lover’s summer: The 2021 BIG Book Sale!

On July 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will display a wide menu of books, sorted by genre, outdoors in the parking lot of the Court House at the corner of 7th Avenue and 4th Street, immediately south of the Invermere Public Library. In the event of rain, the sale will be rescheduled for August 7.

For your comfort and safety, volunteers will supply hand sanitizer at the entrance to the sale and remind everyone to maintain social distancing.

Throughout the year, the Friends have collected generous donations of gently used books at the Book Donation Centre and will sell them to you at bargain prices. The book selection includes most every imaginable category to tempt you: romance, finance, science, science fiction, history, historical fiction, mystery, gardening, fantasy, travel, adventure, health, and biography. Children’s tables will hold picture books, chapter books, and youth fiction. Top picks (best sellers in excellent condition) sell for $5, other adult books for $2, and children’s books for $1. 

Of special note will be a table with a dozen collectible books priced from $5 to $40. Examples are a 1910 leather-bound copy of The Second Chance by Canadian suffragette Nelly McClung and a 1938 copy of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, each priced at only $10.

The Friends can accept only cash, so come prepared with a pocketful of “real money” and a sturdy shopping bag. All proceeds from the BIG Book Sale go to the Invermere Public Library for book and equipment purchases and community programming.

The BIG Book Sale is a great opportunity to greet your neighbours in person again, indulge your appetite for a good read, and contribute to our wonderful library. Come out July 31 (alternately, August 7) and celebrate!