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That BIG Book Sale Returns Featuring over 60,000 Books for All Ages and Interests



Book lovers and bargain hunters are in for a real treat when the Charleston Friends of the Library (CFOL) returns to host its 39th Annual That BIG Book Sale after canceling last year’s event because of the pandemic. The weekend of May 28th to 30th, 2021, the public can expect over 60,000 books in all categories including Children’s, Fiction, History, Cooking, Gardening, Foreign Language, Premium, and more, all on sale with prices starting at just $1. Proceeds from the event, which will be held at the Omar Shrine Auditorium, support the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL).

“The CFOL is thrilled to host That BIG Book Sale again after having to cancel last year’s event,” said Susan Hoffius, President, CFOL Board of Directors. “We have been collecting thousands of gently used books to appeal to every reader. We have worked hard to ensure this sale will be safe for our volunteers and shoppers by spacing out our tables, requiring face masks, and providing express checkout, among other COVID protocols. We hope to see our regular shoppers and invite new shoppers to come to find their new favorite book (or two!).”

Admission to That BIG Book Sale is FREE. Items will be half price on Sunday, with the exception of tote bags. A special preview sale for Friends of the Library members will be held on Thursday, May 27th. Food trucks will be on-site throughout the weekend and a special appearance from CCPL’s mascot Owlbert is expected on Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm. Checks, cash, and major credit cards accepted.

In addition to purchasing items at the event, you can directly support CFOL by being a member or making a donation on their website Becoming a Friend of the Library is a great way to show your support for the Charleston County Public Library, help fund library programs, and encourage reading in our community.

The CFOL is a non-profit volunteer organization that raises money through book sales to help fund library services, equipment, training, materials, and public programming. The CFOL collects and sorts donated books for resale to raise money.

That BIG Book Sale schedule:

  •  Thursday, 5/27
    • 5 pm to 8 pm
    • Members Only Pre-Sale
  • Friday, 5/28
    • 9 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday 5/29
    • 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, 5/30
    • 10 am to 3 pm
    • Half price items

The Omar Shrine Auditorium is located at 176 Patriots Point Rd. in Mount Pleasant.

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