Books, books and more books will be available for grabs next week at the Cape Coral Library.
Hosted by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, the annual Spring Book Sale will kick off April 20 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. for a members' only preview. For $15, people can join the group at the door.
"You're the first people into the sale," Paula Novander, vice president of the group, said.
"They are actually in line Thursday afternoon," she added.
It opens to the public on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Novander estimated that hundreds of people stop by each day during the sale.
"It is the largest one in Lee County," she said of the Cape event.
There will be thousands of books available for sale.
"A lot of fiction," Novander said. "We separate the non-fiction out."
The topics range from history and military, to gardening and health and fitness.
"Hundreds of cookbooks," she said.
"The library donated a bunch of quilting and craft books," Novander added.
There are children's books, as well as books in Spanish and German.
She noted that the books are new to each sale.
The group organizes a second book sale in November - the annual Fall Book Sale.
"We do not store the books from last year's sales," Novander said.
"These are all brand new to this sale," she added.
Most of the items are donated by the public.
Hardcovers are $2, softcovers are $1 and small paperbacks are 75 cents.
All of the books are categorized, making searches easier.
"We try as hard as we can to separate the books out," Novander said.
"I believe that's one of the reasons our book sales are so well attended," she added.
There are regular and children's DVDs available, as well as a variety of CDs.
"We've got a ton of DVDs and CDs this time," Novander said.
"We've never seen this many CDs," she added. "We have all kinds of music."
The DVDs and CDs cost a few dollars each.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the library, its programs and more.
"It's our biggest fundraiser," Novander said. "It goes right to this Cape Coral Library."
Recently, the group helped fund a $7,000 upgrade to the children's reading areas.
"That's expensive furniture," she said. "It has to be child-proof."
The Friends of the Cape Coral Library also uses the funds to offer a mix of special programs for children, teens and adults. It covers the magicians, jugglers and puppet programs for children at the Summer Reading events. It also pays for refreshments and prizes for additional library programs.
"The biggest thing, I think, in our library is the Summer Reading programs," Novander said.
"I think parents really love that stuff to do in the library during the summer," she added.
The $15 annual fee to become a member is for the entire family.
"That'll cover the two sales and it covers your family," Novander said.
Donations to the book sales are appreciated. Leave a message on the hotline at 239-349-2572 to schedule a donation pick up, or small quantities can be left at the library's circulation desk.
For more information, call 239-349-2572 or visit online at: www.capefriends.org/.
The Cape Coral Library is at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace.