Along with the usual assortment of books, DVDs and compact discs, the upcoming Friends of the Grandview Library book sale will offer something different for bargain hunters.

Along with the usual assortment of books, DVDs and compact discs, the upcoming Friends of the Grandview Library book sale will offer something different for bargain hunters.

A number of computers discarded by the library will also be for sale, said Ben Freudenriech, fundraising chair for the Friends.

"These are computers that are about five years old. They still work fine on the Internet, but have a small problem, like the floppy disk drive not working quite right," he said.

Although the price of the computers has not been set, Freudenriech said he expects they will be available for around $100.

"Quite a bargain," he said.

The semi-annual book sale will take place March 11-13 at the library. A preview sale for members of the Friends will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 11.

"You can join the Friends at the door and get to choose from the best selection before the regular sale begins," Freudenriech said.

The public sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 and 1 to 3 p.m. March 13.

The price for hardback books will be $1 at the preview sale and $2 at the public sale. Paperbacks will cost 50 cents each throughout the weekend.

The sale items include discarded materials from the library's collection and donations from library supporters, Freudenriech said.

"The book donations are actually made to the library," he said. "They look through them to see if there are any books they want to add to their circulated items. The rest goes to us for our sale."

Visitors at the book sale will find the books organized by subject to make browsing easier, Freudenriech said.

"A lot of people tell us our sale is the best organized one around," he said. "We pride ourselves on that. We want to make it easy for people to find what they're looking for."

The Friends uses the money it raises to support library programs and expenses that aren't covered in the library budget, Freudenriech said.

"Our support is even more needed after the cuts that have been made in state funding for libraries," he said. "The state budget situation continues to look dire."

The organization provides funding to help with such popular library programs as the Music on the Lawn concert series and the summer reading club, Freudenriech said.

"Many years ago, we paid for the library's first computer, back when computers cost quite a lot of money," he said. "They don't cost that much now."

In addition to its book sales, which are held each spring and fall and at the Lazy Daze festival, the Friends also offers books and audio-visual materials for sale in its bargain book shelves in the library's study commons.

"We offer them for sale on the honor system," Freudenriech said. "It brings in a lot of additional revenue for us."