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Oklahoma libraries bring stacks to the tables

BY DARLA SLIPKE Modified: February 18, 2010 at 8:40 am •  Published: February 18, 2010

/> The first time Fellers attended the sale about six years ago, she brought a brown paper bag to carry her books. Fellers said she quickly realized she wasn’t prepared as she watched people checking out with garbage cans full of books that were stacked almost as high as her head.

"The only way I can describe it is massive,” Fellers said. "You have no idea there are even that many people who live in the city where you live.”

The sale is so large that several dozen volunteers work year-round to sort book donations. Many more volunteers spent this week moving and organizing books in preparation for the sale, and hundreds of volunteers will be on hand this weekend to help thousands of customers, Pritchett said.

Robbin Phillips is a longtime member of Friends who serves as committee chairman for signage. He has been involved with the sale ever since he came looking for a set of encyclopedias for his children 16 years ago.

Phillips has several interesting stories from sales past. His sister met her husband while she was volunteering at the sale. Last year a woman almost gave birth, Phillips said.

"The book sale is a great place to work and meet people and do something for the city,” Phillips said. "It’s a really unique opportunity to find everything from old LPs to art books.”

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

• When:
Pre-sale party for Friends members only, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Public sale from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


• Where:
Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd.


• Why:
Proceeds benefit the Metropolitan Library System.

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