Hardbacks. Softbacks. Oversized books. Mysteries, romances, thrillers, literary, and poetry, too. All of these and more can be found at this Friday's book sale hosted by Literacy Mid-South. And you'll want to be sure and make plans to shop there because it's the last ever. After nearly 20 years the literacy-promoting organization is putting a bookmark in the annual fundraiser that has seen almost $100,000 placed in its coffers.
The reason is not a great one for lovers of real, actual, paper books. The nonprofit relies on books donated by The Commercial Appeal but, "the number of books they are able to donate has dwindled because of the rise of e-readers," says Knox Shelton, community relations manager for Literacy Mid-South. A future fundraiser to take its place is in the plans, Shelton says, yet "nothing is set in stone."
Digital downloads may be gaining on pulp and ink, but let's be honest, your loved ones want to unwrap a book beneath the tree this year and this is the last weekend of shopping before Christmas. So buy a gift and do some good. Tickets run $25 and include fare from Babalu, cocktails, and more than 2,000 books to peruse. The event will be held at the Literacy Mid-South offices at Playhouse on the Square. To register, visit their website or Facebook event page.
Literacy Mid-South Book Sale Friday, Dec. 18th 6 p.m. — 9 p.m. Playhouse on the Square, 4th floor 66 S. Cooper Street