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34th Annual Bargain Book Sale Hosted by the Friends of the Houston Public Library

Houston’s Largest Community Bargain Book Sale
More than 60,000 Books for Sale * Most Books $2 or Less

The Friends of the Houston Public Library invite the community to its 34th Annual Bargain Book Sale, Houston’s largest community book sale, scheduled for Friday, April 13 thru Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, 77010.

More than 60,000 books will be available to the public at “bargain” prices, most books $2 or less and some books will be individually priced. Proceeds benefit the Houston Public Library. For more details please call Friends of the Houston Public Library 832-393-1387 or send them an email to

Preview Sale for Members of the Friends of the Houston Public Library
Friday, April 13, 2012
4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Non-members can also purchase a tax-deductible membership at the door starting at $25.
Memberships are available in advance starting at $20 online.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public

Sunday (Bag Day), April 15, 2012
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bag Day
This tradition at the book sale, allows customers to fill a bag with books for just $10 (Bags provided by Fiesta Mart, Inc.). Admission is free and open to the public

From paperbacks to collectors’ finds, the 34th Annual Bargain Book Sale has something for everyone. Children’s books, cookbooks, gardening books, books on history, art, and science are but a few of the offerings. This sale also features a selection of adult and children’s books in foreign languages, African-American studies, graphic novels, reference books including encyclopedias, and much more.

Regular adult books are priced at $2 for hardcover editions and $1 for paperbacks. Some books are individually priced. Children’s books are marked for sale from $1 to $2. In response to customer requests, a new Easy category for picture books has been added to the children’s section. All Easy books, including award books and recent publications, will be priced at $1. Cash, Check, MasterCard and Visa will be accepted for purchases.

Sponsors of the Friends of the Houston Public Library 34th Annual Bargain Book Sale include: the Houston Public Library, The Greensheet, Fiesta Mart, Inc., and Houston First Corporation (George R. Brown Convention Center).

Volunteers Needed
The Friends of the Houston Public Library also need volunteers to help set-up the sale, tally books sold, guide attendees to the books they are looking for, and many other tasks. Bring along your friends, your book club members, and anyone and everyone who can spend a few hours at this traditional annual event. For more information on the 34th Annual Bargain Book Sale or to fill out an interactive volunteer form visit or call 832-393-1387.

About Friends of the Houston Public Library
The Friends of the Houston Public Library is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1953 and is part of the Houston Public Library Foundation. The Friends’ mission is to provide funding for library programs and scholarships and to raise the library’s visibility in the Greater Houston community. Since the inception of the Annual Bargain Book Sale, the Friends have raised more than $2 million dollars for the Houston Public Library.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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