WKU, Public libraries partner for used book sale

John Corum

Enthusiasts of literature craving a new read need not look farther than the Warren County Public Library this weekend.

The Southern Kentucky Book Festival Partnership is hosting its annual Macy’s Used Book Sale fundraiser on the weekend of Friday, Feb. 28.

Held at the Warren County Public Library’s Bob Kirby Branch, the fundraiser will offer hardcover and softcover books, DVDs and vinyl records

for discount prices.

Warren County Public Library Director Lisa Rice said this year’s sale will be the partnership’s biggest yet.

“This year, we were very fortunate that the owner of the Book Rack, which closed recently, donated all of their inventory to the book sale. So we’ve got more books than we’ve ever had before available for sale,” Rice said.

The event is made possible by the teamwork of the Book Festival Partnership, a coalition among WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Libraries and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

“Our mission is to grow reading throughout our area, so we’ve combined forced to bring literary events to our community,” Rice said.

WKU Literary outreach coordinator Kristie Lowry said the community which the partnership aspires to serve extends beyond just Bowling Green.

“Our mission is to promote literacy and a love of books in our region and in our state,” Lowry said.

As Lowry elaborates, the role of the fundraiser is to spread appreciation of the value of literature.

“Our projects are all geared toward promoting literacy, getting people to read, and impacting lives through the written word,” Lowry said.

The sale is to take place on Friday, Feb. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday’s portion of the sale will be a “bag day,” where customers can fill up a bag of items for a set price.

Rice advises all book lovers to stop by for a good time.

“It’s always a lot of fun when you have that many people who love reading coming together,” Rice said.