Newton Kansan

It's book sale time again at the Newton Public Library.

The Friends of the Library is holding its annual spring book sale from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Friends of the Library members can attend a presale from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight and people can pay for memberships at the sale. Memberships are $10 per year, $50 for a lifetime.

More than 3,000 books will be for sale. They are divided into sections spanning such genres as mystery, romance, military history, classics, gardening and travel. Friends member Everell Francisco said she buys books at garage sales and donates them to the library.

There will also be a silent auction Friday and Saturday for a collectible doll more than 100 years old. The Friends have had the doll appraised and bidding starts at $125, Joan Hushka, vice president of the friends said.

With money made from past sales, the Friends have purchased such things as Playaway audio books for the library, T-shirts for children in the kids' summer reading program and gift cards for people participating in the adult summer reading program, Hushka said.

In addition, the Friends buy books for the library from the New York Times best seller lists.

"Patrons who come to the sale - they get the benefit from the money we earn," Hushka said. "They support us, but we in turn give back to the library."