A longstanding volunteer organization supporting the Upper Arlington Public Library will host an annual book sale this month.

A longstanding volunteer organization supporting the Upper Arlington Public Library will host an annual book sale this month.

Since 1977, the Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library have organized a variety of events and initiatives to provide financial support to the library and its three local branches.

A big part of that effort has been the annual Friends of the Upper Arlington Library Labor Day Sale, which in 1977 netted $867 to support the purchase of library materials and other library programs.

This year, the Friends are getting things started a little early.

The group will host a "Summer Book Sale" Aug. 17-30 at the Main Library, 2800 Tremont Road.

The sale is one of four, two-week sales held by the Friends -- in addition to operating two permanent bookstores at the Main and Lane Road branches -- that raise "tens of thousands of dollars each year" to support the library.

"The money they raise and donate to the UAPL is used for children's and adult programming, the annual Summer Reading Club, furniture purchases and many other items," said Christine Minx, marketing and community relations manager. "Most items for sale have been donated by individuals (and) some are items no longer needed by the library.

"Items include fiction and nonfiction books for adults, kids and teens; VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, magazines and record albums."

The sale will be held during regular library operating hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Throughout, Minx said, good deals can be had.

"Prices have remained unchanged for over 20 years," she said. "Most hardbacks are $2. Paperbacks generally (are) 50 cents.

"Large and better-quality paperbacks are $1. Children's and teen books usually range from 25 cents to $1."

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 30, the final day of the sale, customers who are paid members of the Friends organization can fill a paper grocery bag donated by Huffman's Market with books for a total cost of $5, Minx added.

Nonmembers will be able to fill a bag for $10.

"All money raised at the sale and through paid memberships goes to the Friends, who then donate to the library," Minx said. "The money is used for many things that patrons see and use every day.

"The group is the sole sponsor of all UAPL children's programming, including our Summer Reading Program, music concerts and film series," she added. "They recently provided the funds to create art exhibit space at the Main Library."

In addition to good deals, Minx said the sale is an opportunity for the public to support the library, and she encourages people to turn out despite the ongoing reconstruction of the Main Library's parking lot.

"Don't be intimidated by the construction in front of the Main Library," she said. "Patrons can park in the Tremont Center across the street or on side streets.

"Alternate entrance and exit doors will be established and it will be 'business as usual' at the library Friends sale."