Friday, September 16, 2011

47th Annual Big Book Sale in San Francisco, CA

Dude, we're friends right? Like friend friends? Like a couple of young white boys from the early ninetiescalling each other "Brothers from another mother" for the first time? Yeah. We're friends. At least that's how I see it.

And since we're friends, and seeing how we've known each other for such a long time, I thought I'd share a little secret. Of course, I don't know how secret this is anymore, seeing how the wind knows how to carry a tune--dee dat dat dee dat dat doo...


Oh, you still want to know that little secret of mine. Well, sure friend. Pull up a chair and sit a spell. Everyone loves a story. Especially you my friend. My friend...

This is a story about the Friends of the Library and a little book sale they've put together in San Francisco, CA. Alright, alright... Maybe the word "little" is a bit of an understatement, seeing how it is the largest book sale organized on the West Coast. Well, this "little" group of friends managed to round up a clever amount of unwanted, donated, and perfectly reusable books and media items to appease its general public at bargain rates. So little as $1, $2, or $3. Yes? That's right. They are a mighty group of friends.

And for what reason have these friends come together? For what purpose do they share? Isn't there some feathered, maniacal shadow at work--for this must be a joke and some boogeyman waits to pounce. Or perhaps not? Perhaps things are as good as they sound? Because not all stories need a villain. And because all proceeds raised from this sale go to funding the San Francisco Public Library, where they are used to open new libraries, expand new and existing collections, benefit literacy programs and much more. But whomever--whomever in the world could this all be arranged for? Why non-other than you, my friend. My friend... 


  1. Oh. My. God. I want to live in San Francisco SO BAD right now! Is it books of all genres or just comics?
    Your blog seems really cool by the way.

  2. Thank you, I'm glad you like the blog. I'm an amateur at it and comments from new readers move mountains. As for the book sale, it's just glorious; there is every and any kind of book you could imagine, from mystery novels to religion handbooks, from cookbooks to comics, from science-fiction to architecture, it never ends... The sale is so large and extensive that the Friends actually offer wheeled shopping carts and a map for hands-on directory (something I couldn't find online, or else I would have loved to share it). Might I recommend checking with your local library about a sale like this? I don't actually live in SF, but I do work in a library that hosts a sale like this, only 100x smaller...

  3. It sounds amazing. Unfortunately the extent of my library's efforts stretch only to having guest writers/storytellers from time to time (small town). I'll just have to dream :(