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The Friends of the Free Alameda Library Book Sale

Every May and October, the Friends of the Free Alameda Library — a fund-raising group supporting Alameda's library system — holds a book sale at the DeWitt O'Club in Alameda's formal Naval Air Station. They bring between 8,000 and 10,000 books to the sale, mostly donated throughout the year by Alameda residents. There's a lot of variety: hardbacks and paperbacks in almost every genre, as well as some out-of-print, rare volumes. Prices for regular books usually run from fifty cents to two dollars. The biennial book sales were originally held to help raise funds to build a new library; now that the library is built, the sales go to help with library operations. The sale goes on for three days, but the best day to go is Sunday after noon. Admission is free, and their clearance deal is a can't-miss for bookophiles: For just a few dollars, you can haul away an entire grocery sack of books, and help out a worthy cause in the process.
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