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Comic-book treasure-trove highlight of library book sale


Along with novels, history books and biographies, the Friends of the Grandview Library will offer something a bit different at its spring book sale.

"Someone donated a whole bunch of comic books, so we'll have a special table set up for that," said Ben Freudenreich, book sale chairman.

The comic books are from the 1980s and 1990s and titles include Star Trek, various Marvel superheroes, Batman: The Dark Knight, Spawn and Dr. Strange, he said.

"They are in very good condition and kept in plastic sleeves," Freudenreich said.

"We tried to research things to see if any of them might be of great worth, but we weren't able to find much out," he said, "so what we've decided to do is sell them for $3 each.

The spring book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the library, 1685 W. First Ave. A preview sale for Friends of the Grandview Library members only will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 28.

"Our spring sale usually doesn't have quite as many items as the fall sale, but we will have a pretty good selection this time," Freudenreich said.

The spring sale will offer a particularly good selection of history and military history books, he said.

The Friends of the Library has been branching out from its traditional twice-a-year book sales, Freudenreich said.

"Last summer we did a Scholastic book fair for kids," he said. "We decided to do that during the summer when the schools aren't in session and holding their own book fairs."

The organization last year also set up a table to sell books from Usborne -- a publisher of high-quality children's books -- at the holiday bazaar put on by the Grandview PTO, Freudenreich said.

In both of those efforts, if the Friends sold a certain number of books, the library would receive a percentage of the proceeds, he said.

"If we didn't reach the threshold, the library would still get credits toward the purchase of Scholastic or Usborne books," Freudenreich said. "There wasn't a lot of people stopping by our table, but the library was happy because of the credits it earned toward buying materials, so we will probably do those sales again next year."

The Friends' second annual herb and vegetable plant sale is also underway.

A variety of herbs in three-inch pots and vegetables in four-inch pots are available for $3.50 each or $32 for a 10-pack, which can be mixed and matched.

Prepayment is required and orders must be received by April 15. Payments made in cash or with a check payable to Friends of the Grandview Library can be turned in at the library circulation desk with an order form. The order forms are available at the library website, A list of the herbs and vegetables available for purchase also is posted.