Due to the popularity of the annual used book sale organized by Friends of the Knox County Public Library, this year’s sale of gently used books will have extended hours of operation. This year the sale will open to the public on Sunday, March 10, 1-6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 14-16, 11 a.m .- 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 17, 1- 6 p.m. Also new this year is Bag Sale Weekend Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th: fill a bag with your choice of regular-priced books for $5.


The sale, which is co-sponsored by The Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR-TV Channel 10, Comcast and Three Rivers Market, helps raise funds to support special library programs for children, teens and adults.


More than 100,000 fiction and non-fiction books will be on sale to the public for $1 (children) to $2 (adults). Affordable movies, magazines and music will also be offered, as well as a selection of rare and special collector books.  Throughout the sale, volunteers will be on hand to provide curbside assistance to those needing help with loading book purchases into their cars


Area educators, teachers and librarians with a valid school or organization ID are invited to attend a special Early Bird Bag Day Sale on Friday, March 15. During the hours of 4 to 8 p.m., they can purchase bags of books for only $5 per bag. The public is welcome to the take advantage of the $5 per bag discount on Bag Sale Weekend, Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.


Prior to the start of this year’s sale, a special Preview Day will be held for members of Friends of the Knox County Public Library on Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Applications for membership will be available to the public at the door ($10 for students/seniors, $15 for individuals and $25 for families).


For additional information on the book sale, directions or available parking, visit www.knoxfriends.org or call 865-215-8775.


Friends of the Knox County Public Library has supported the Knox County public library system and its patrons for more than 40 years with financial support for children, teen and adult programs, events and materials, and professional development opportunities for staff.