Friends of Kingsport Public Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport announce the 2018 Kingsport Book Fair, March 1-4, Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive. Regular Book Fair hours are Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, 9am – 7pm plus Sunday, March 4, 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 1st, 5-9pm. Admission for the Preview $ale is $10.
Continuing from previous Book Fairs, purchasers of at least $25 can use cash or major credit cards. Sales under $25 are cash only. Most donated items are priced from 25 cents to 5 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.
As with previous Book Fairs, the 2018 inventory has exceptional 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. Nicholas Sparks has joined the Regional Interest category.
Each year the donations have a ‘personality’. Classic and contemporary books on WWII will be in the History/Biography category. Readers of Romance will be especially happy with the depth of the paperback fiction donations, both classic and ‘almost new’ tales of happily-ever-after. Again, this year there will be over 1000 new & used comic books for sale. Based on customer requests, a category for Sports and Transportation will contain books on professional athletes, sports, fitness, automobiles, trains, airplanes, etc. Birders and other nature lovers will find gems in the Nature and Outdoors category. 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: milk boxes or egg boxes from local church kitchens. Most are reused from year to year, some on the 5th or 6th 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 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 1st, any time after 9am), throughout the weekend for the actual sale, and re-boxing (Sunday, March 4th, 4:35pm). This is a fabulous opportunity for youth needing volunteer service hours for high school graduation or college applications. Contact: KingsportBookFair@gmail.com or 423-967-7135 (voice or text). Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/KingsportBookFair.