Friends of Kingsport Public Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport announces the 2017 Kingsport Book Fair, March 16-19, Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive. Regular Book Fair hours are Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, 9am – 7pm and Sunday, March 19, 12:45 – 5pm. No admission fee is charged throughout the entire weekend. Shoppers are encouraged to make multiple trips to the Book Fair!
A special Preview $ale event will be held Thursday, March 16th, 5-9pm. Admission for the Preview $ale is $10. Continuing from previous Book Fairs, sales of at least $25 are cash or major credit cards. Sales under $25 are cash only. Most donated Items are priced from 25 cents to 10 dollars, based on age, condition, and popularity. The 1/2 price sale begins at 4pm on Saturday and the $10 Bag $ale begins at 12:45pm on Sunday.
Received since mid-March 2016 from local residents, the donated items include thousands of printed books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, and vinyl record albums. Each item has been individually priced and sorted in one of 30+ categories (based on format and topic). Kingsport Book Fair does not scan books for “gems” to be sold online.
As with previous Book Fairs, the 2017 inventory has exceptionally quality and quantity: fiction, non-fiction, history, biography, children’s, religion, music, cookbooks, DIY, gardening, textbooks, vinyl, and art/coffee table books. The Regional Interest category includes books by TimesNews’ Vince Staten to the FoxFire series to hiking the AT or Great Smoky Mountains to fiction by Jefferson Bass and Adriana Trigiani to cookbooks from local churches and other civic groups.
Each year the donations have a ‘personality’. This year there will be over 2500 new & used comic books for sale and over 100 vinyl albums. Based on customer requests, a new category for Sports and Transportation will segment books on professional athletes, sports, fitness, automobiles, trains, airplanes, etc. Small, gift, and blank books are separated from the other donations to make them easier to locate. As always, cookbooks, gardening, and various DIY categories will be abundant and priced to sell.
Kingsport Book Fair is an excellent example of recycling and sustainability. All items collected and sold are locally, preowned books. The donations are stored in reused boxes. Many are reused milk boxes or egg boxes from local church kitchens. Most of the boxes are reused from year to year, some on the 4th or 5th Book Fair! Except for the minimal monthly fees charged to store the books and move to the Civic Auditorium, the usage fee for the Civic Auditorium, and the targeted advertising, all of the labor is donated by book loving, caring volunteers. Profits from the Book Fair are split 50/50 by Friends of the Kingsport Public Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport. Each organization uses these funds to support local literacy programs.
Additional volunteers are welcomed to help un-box books (Thursday, March 16, any time after 9am), throughout the weekend for the actual sale, and re-boxing (Sunday, March 19, 4:35pm). This is a fabulous opportunity for youth needing volunteer hours for high school graduation or college applications.