In the caves of the City Paper office working hard on the Best of Charleston issue, but we wanted to pass this release along about this weekend’s book sale in North Charleston. It’s a terrific event for a good cause and worth your time (we found a few great reads for a low low price last year).

Charleston Library Friends: Recession Proof and Totally Green

With the downturn in the economy the Charleston County Library system has see a huge surge in “business”:  from people attending computer classes, to those enjoying noontime concerts at the recent Blues Bash, to children’s story hours, independent film screenings, opera, and of course books, DVDs, CDs, and more. And it’s all free. So to help with costs the Friends of the Charleston County Library have been busy raising money to help the library support all this great, free stuff.

One of the Friends’ biggest money raisers will be held this month on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 at 10 Storehouse Row at the Navy Yard at Noisette, formerly, the Charleston Navy Yard in North Charleston. Over 25,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs and tapes, LPs, VHS, sheet music and maps will be on sale to the public with prices starting at just $.50. For the price of one adult movie ticket or one new paperback book, shoppers can walk out with a basket full of books, DVDs and CDs that they can enjoy over and over again., or pass on to a friend. “This is probably one of the best places to get the biggest bang for your buck”, says Dawn Visceglia, in charge of this years book sale for the Friends. “With the economy being what it is these days, we are happy to offer items of real value for so little, and help support the library by giving back the money we raise”.

The Friends sales, four throughout the year, are one of Charleston’s biggest recycling efforts as all items sold have been donated by people who otherwise might have just thrown them away. Over 125,000 gently used items per year are being rescued from the landfills and circulated back into the community through these sale efforts. And the green effort doesn’t end there. Rather than relying on past sponsors like Piggly Wiggly, Barnes & Noble and Harris Teeter to donate new shopping bags, as they have for years, the Friends are now using bags, both plastic and paper, that have already been recycled. Shoppers who are “super green” may choose to BYOB (bring your own bag).

Admission is free. Sale hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, February 28, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, March 1. A special preview sale for Friends of the Library members will be from 8 am to 10 am on Saturday only, and people may join at the door for an annual fee of $20.

On Sunday all items are half price. Checks and cash only.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the county library  by providing annual funding for more than 4,000 community programs and classes which are free throughout the county’s 16 branch library network.

For information visit www.thatbigbooksale.com or call 843-805-6978.