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Annual Used Book Sale Now Underway
Oakdale’s Bianchi Community Center has been turned in to ‘Book Sale Central’ as the Friends of the Oakdale Library group is in the midst of its annual used book sale. Teresa Hammond/The Leader

As regular as clockwork – much like ‘springing ahead’ – members of the Friends of the Oakdale Library have been busy collecting, categorizing and preparing books for the group’s popular annual book sale.

They put the call out recently for residents to go through their bookshelves and donate those ‘no longer read’ books to add to the variety for the ongoing sale.

The Friends annual used book sale is hosted at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. Opening day was Tuesday, March 10 and the sale runs Wednesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

Friends President Sharon Arpoika said there’s a special satisfaction in the ‘seek and find’ idea behind the sale.

“Even though e-books are gaining popularity, people still enjoy coming to book sales because browsing through the print books for sale is like a treasure hunt,” said Arpoika. “There will be lots of hardback and paperback books – mysteries, thrillers, romance as well as non-fiction titles available at bargain prices. The books will be roughly sorted by genre or subject.”

The Friends group relies on an annual fund drive, book sale proceeds and donations to augment programs at the Oakdale Library and to help with other library needs.

For information on the sale or to learn more about the Friends group, call Arpoika at 847-2048 or email The Friends of the Oakdale Library is an all-volunteer public service organization. Friends’ group members will be available to answer any questions regarding volunteering or contributing to the Friends of the Oakdale Library.