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Events Tue Jul 23 2013

Newberry Book Fair Starts Thursday

The 29th Annual Newberry Book Fair kicks off on Thursday, July 25th, and runs until Sunday the 29th at the Newberry Public Library, 60 W. Walton Street. The event will offer over 120,000 donated books spread out across six packed rooms, as well as DVDs, tapes, CDs, and records. The library asks that you bring your own shopping bag. But, since most of the books are priced at $2 or under, we suggest bringing your lucky wheelbarrow or sidecar.

Fun fact: At the sale two years ago I found a handwritten note stuffed in a book that was in the Old & Collectible room. It was dated 1938 and from a high school girl warning a high school boy not to get involved with her friend, because her friend was not "smart and astitute," while she, the note writer, was very smart, very astute, and really thought the beau was handsome. Gold.

The sale goes from 12-8pm Thursday & Friday, and 10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free and all proceeds go to the Newberry.

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