Weekly Specials, News & More

Friends Bookstore News

The Mid-Winter Bag-of-Books Sale is this Saturday. This is the time to stock up on reading material for the rest of the winter at really low, bargain prices. Bring your own bag (or we can provide one) and fill it up with books for only $2.00 or if you want you can buy your books for 10¢ each. The sale starts at 9:00 in the Van Deusen Room at Central Library. Come early for the best selection or come a little later for a more leisurely shopping experience. But be sure to give yourself enough time to shop – the sale ends at 3:30.

This week, featured items include cookbooks - a very nice selection, select trade fiction for only 50¢ each, and if you are a fan of Brian Jacque's Redwall series, we have all the books in the set (located in Science fiction).

Please come down and see us after you shop the sale upstairs.


Bookstore News January 18 - 21

The selection is great this week. We filled the shelves with lots of new and interesting titles in many categories. Classics and literature volumes are particularly abundant, but you will also find lots of “new” biographies, psychology, science, nature, history and more.

The select hard cover Mystery BOGO Special continues this week with a refilled Mystery cart – buy one for a dollar and get the second one free. 

The Mid-Winter Bag-of-Books Sale is a week from Saturday! All books are 10¢ each or $2.00 for a grocery size bag full. We invite you to bring you own bag or we will provide grocery bag for you to fill for $2.00.

There will be thousands of books to choose from. Books are sorted onto tables in categories including hard cover fiction, paperback fiction, science fiction, and romance. Children’s books and assorted nonfiction are on carts for you to peruse.

Day: Saturday, January 28

Time: 9:00 to 3:30

Place: Central Library, Third Floor


Bookstore News January 11 - 14

The first “Bag” Sale of the 2012 is scheduled for the end of this month. Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 28. As usual we will hold the January Bag Sale in the Van Deusen Room on the third floor of Central Library. The time is 9:00 to 3:30. You will find a great selection of fiction and nonfiction, and all books will be 10¢ each or $2.00 for a grocery-size bag full. I don't think you can find a better deal anywhere!

The spotlights in the store this week include: select hard cover mystery – BOGO -  buy one (for $1.00) get one free; a nice selection of P.G. Wodehouse; and a diverse and interesting collection of short stories.


Bookstore News January 4 - 7 2012

Did you know that we have a “Collectibles Cabinet” that in addition to other special books, houses our signed books collection? We frequently receive donations of books that have been signed by the author. Within the last year or so we have sold books signed by Ronald Reagan and Robert Frost. Currently, we have three signed books I’d like to bring to your attention. We have two books signed by former presidents; “Giving – How Each of Us Can Change the World” by Bill Clinton and “White House Diary” by Jimmy Carter. Perhaps you’d be more interested in a famous college football coach. We also have a book signed by the late Bo Schembechler; his book “Michigan Memories” is available. 

Spotlights this week include: Religion – including a lot of books on eastern religions, and Business.


Bookstore News December 28 - 31

Hopefully everyone is relaxed and rejuvenated from a little time off work or recovering while back at work from the hectic holiday activities. The New Year is just around the corner and that brings with it an opportunity for more festivities. If a little downtime sounds good to you about now, stop by and pick out a good book to read. There are few things more relaxing than a comfy chair and an enjoyable read. We are open our normal business hours this week Wednesday through Saturday.

All of us here at The Friends of KPL want to wish you all Happy New Year.


Holiday Store Hours Dec. 21 - 23

The store is open this week Wednesday through Friday, but closed on Saturday.

Here are some last minute gift ideas – books from our Gift Quality Book Sale, including many ‘like new – gift quality’ books on a wide range of topics and for all ages; Gift Certificates – any gift certificate of $5.00 or greater comes with a free hand made holiday gift card; books, CDs, DVDs at our wonderful bargain prices.

Happy Holidays!


Bookstore News December 14 - 17

Have you been downtown lately? I hope you consider doing some of your holiday shopping in downtown Kalamazoo. The mall is lovely at this time of year and there are interesting stores and restaurants that might surprise you if you haven’t been here for a while. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a convenience and an adventure for young and old, and runs between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Wednesday through Saturday. And of course the Friends Bookstore is located in downtown Kalamazoo. We still have a wonderful selection of gift quality books, and plenty of great books that (even though they aren’t part of our “gift quality” selections) will make great presents, tons of fantastic children’s books, CDs, DVDs and don’t forget Gift Certificates. Just two more weeks till Christmas. We hope to see you soon.


Bookstore News October 26 - 29

Multitasking refers to the ability of an individual to perform more than one task at time. The term became popular in the late 1990’s and seems to have become a way of life for many of us today. Recently, multitasking has been given somewhat of a bad rap and some researchers are even advising against doing it. But I have to come out in favor of it in at least one instance. I am pretty sure that no matter how long I live I will never be able to read all the books I would like to.  Enter – audio books. I love being able to “read” a book while I am taking care of other business – cleaning the house, working in the yard, or driving to and from appointments. I tell you all this because I’m hoping you’ll get psyched up for a little multitasking which involves enjoying a book too. We have a very large selection of audio books right now. If you have a tape player you’re really in luck because we have hundreds of books on tape and we’re selling most of them for only $1.00 each. We have lots of popular authors and titles. No tape player - don’t worry. We also have a lot of books on CDs and even some prerecorded digital audio books. Prices on the CDs and digital books vary but most are between $3.00 and $5.00.

Also in the spotlight: Cooking - many books at 50¢ each, Biographies, Miscellaneous – some unusual and even quirky topics.


Bookstore News July 20 - 23

"I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?"  She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose."  George Carlin

You won't even have to ask in the Friends Bookstore, since all of our signage is strategically placed to direct you to anything you may be looking for.  Arrows on our end-caps point to Biography, History, Classic, etc.  Shelves within a section are also labeled wherever appropriate (for example, there is a World War II shelf in the History section).  So come in for a highly organized browsing experience.  We are staffed with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, for those who are not into the self-help experience.  We are also fully air-conditioned; something you surely want to know this week.

In the spotlight (i.e. organized on special carts) are Hard-cover Fiction, Hobbies & How-To, Travel, Cooking and Gardening


Sidewalk Sale - Saturday, June 4

We are genuinely grateful for the generous donations we receive from the community. We exist because of them. However, we are in the unusual position of needing to ask our friends and patrons to delay bringing in donations until after June 6. Our available space is full, but it won’t be for long. The giant annual Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday, June 4 (see below for details) and when the thousands of books we will sell at this sale have found new homes, space will be available again. We appreciate your help and understanding.

What: Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale

When: Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 to 3:30

Where: Central Library, 315 S. Rose Street


  • Books are 10¢ each or buy a bag full for $2.00 – your bag or ours
  • Fiction (general fiction, mystery, sci-fi, and romance), assorted nonfiction, lots of children’s books, lots of large print
  • Proceeds help support the library
  • Call 553.7821 with questions


Friends Sidewalk Sale