South Pasadena Public Library | Holiday Book Sale & Gift Marketplace

PHOTO: Nancy Lem | South News | Ben and Michelle Corser shop for books for their son at the Holiday Book Sale.

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Book lovers and holiday shoppers will want to mark their calendars for the weekend of Dec. 9 to 11. These are the dates of the annual Holiday Gift Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library Bookstore. In addition to gently used books, unique handcrafted works from local artisans will be sold on December 11, the last day of the three-day sale.

The event will take place in the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street in South Pasadena.

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High-quality coffee-table and other books on art, architecture, travel and other topics will be available and organized by subject. Classics, children’s books, cookbooks and the latest novels and nonfiction books will also be sold.

PHOTO: Nancy Lem | South News | Holiday Book Sale

“The sale will feature hundreds of books in pristine condition,” said Karen Bell, Friends’ Bookstore co-chair. “We have been setting aside these special books from donations throughout the year,” she said. On opening night, December 9, a silent auction will feature a special offering, she said.

All books and artwork are suitable for gift giving. Complimentary gift wrapping will be offered opening night while supplies last.

Books will be sold at a fraction of their list price. Some are as low as a few dollars. Purchases can be made by cash, check or credit card.

“All books have been donated to the Friends for resale, with all proceeds going to the library,” said Karen Weinstock, Bookstore co-chair.

“Our generous community has donated these fine books,” she added. “We thank them, and we appreciate their support of the library.”

The sale will be open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 9. On that evening, members of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library can be admitted an hour early at 5 p.m. Memberships can be opened at the door.

Sale hours on Saturday, December 10, will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

On Sunday, December 11, the sale will occur from 1 to 4 p.m. and for the first time will include a Gift Marketplace. Local artisans selling their work include Cyndi Bemel (art cards), Leslie Rosario (wrapped pendants), Jeannie Joe (upcycled accessories), David Silverman (ceramics) and Vanora Savig (recycled fabric arts).

PHOTO: Nancy Lem | South News | Holiday Book Sale

Members of the South Pasadena Community Garden organization will be selling such products as indigo-dyed dish towels to support the group’s food-bank activities.

Beginning on December 13, the book sale will continue for the rest of December in the Friends’ Bookstore. This is located on the second floor of the Library, and is open Tuesday through Saturday weekly.

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