The Friends of Berks County Public Libraries are gearing up for the first day of their annual Book Bonanza event on July 13, 2017, at the VF Outlet Center, Third Floor Red building. Due to renovations, this will be the final year Book Bonanza will call the VF Outlets home.
Book Bonanza is an annual fundraiser co-sponsored by the Friends of Berks County Public Libraries and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Reading branch. The organization is a volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to supporting all of the 23 public libraries in the Berks County Library System.
Since its creation in 1980, the Friends organization has assisted with its primary source of revenue, Book Bonanza. The event draws in book enthusiasts and avid readers from all along the East Coast, seeing over 4,500 buyers annually. Over 100,000 books fill four large rooms to an overflowing capacity. All books in the main collection are priced no higher than $2.00. Genres include children’s books, classics, teacher materials, reference items, history, science, nature, sports, hobbies, cookbooks, and many others. Visitors can even delve into the collectors’ section which contains signed author copies and first editions. These books of local interest, collectibles, and vintage books are priced as marked.
All the materials are donated by Berks Countians, and all proceeds from the sale return to Berks County through the Friends organization and AAUW-Reading Branch. Through the sale, buyers aid the Berks County Public Libraries and help provide girls’ scholarships.
2017 Book Bonanza Schedule:
- Thursday, July 13, 2:00- 6:00 pm–Opening Day and $10 Early Bird Access
- Friday, July 14, 10:00 am-8:00 pm
- Saturday, July 15, 10:00 am-7:00 pm
- Sunday, July 16, 11:00 am-3:00 pm–$5 Bag of Books Sale