Friends: Events -- Book Blasts

Friends: Events – Book Blasts

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January Book Blast

The Friends of the Livingston Library has announced their first book blast of the year. During these six-day sales, selected books will be offered at $.50 each for hard cover,  $.25 each for soft cover, and dime books at two for 10 cents. Book selections on sale are on tables located outside the Program Room and across the Friends Book Store.

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Friends of the Livingston Library Is Holding January Book Blast Sale
The Friends of the Livingston Library will hold a “Book Blast” sale from Tuesday, January 9 through Sunday, January 14.
Friends Board member Anita Mints explains, “For this sale, books have been selected with the new year in mind. For those who may have made new year’s resolutions, we will have books about self-improvement, health/ wellness, and hobbies. For those whose resolution is to watch their budget, the sale will offer hard cover books at half off–$.50 each. And for those especially cost-conscious individuals we will offer our “dime” books at two for 10 cents. For those who use this time of year to reflect back over past year(s), there will also be a selection of history books, also half price. We hope our patrons include a New Year’s resolution to read more and to promote that we are offering great bargains.”
Mintz added, “Over the years we have held our version of “white sales”—the printed word on the white page—but the origin of the January “White Sales” for interested history buffs is said to date back to 1878 when the John Wanamaker department store decreed January to be the time for a “white
sale” at a time when bed linens which were available in white only, were sold at a discount.”
Two display tables will house the sale—one outside the Library Program Room and one diagonally opposite the Friends Book Store before the Program Room. Similar to the Friends Book Store, the Book Blast sale runs on the honor system with patrons paying at the Friends Book Store Cash Box using cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal. The sale is available to the public anytime the Library is open.
During Book Blast, non-sale items at the Friends Book Store will continue to be available at Friends’ everyday low prices. The Book Store is organized into five sections—Kids/YA, Adult Non-Fiction, Adult Fiction, Non-print media. Within each section, books are further categorized by age or subject matter.
Friends of the Livingston Public Library is an all-volunteer, not-for profit (501c(3)) organization whose mission is to support and promote the Livingston Library. Proceeds of the sale are for the benefit of the Library, funding programs and services not covered by the Library’s budget from the Township.
These include the Museum Pass Program providing free admission to area museums and parks; summer reading, craft, author, and other programs for both youngsters and adults; cultural series including concerts; life-long learning lectures; Senior Happening; ELL (English Language Learner studies); film series; technology acquisitions; and book and subscription purchases.
For more information call or email Friends at 973-992-4600 x505 or You can also follow all the news by subscribing to the Library’s weekly e-newsletter (sign up at


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