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FOCAL Book Sales & Events



Book Sales

Be the first to see what's on the shelves at the FOCAL book sales. FOCAL members are invited to exclusive preview parties and get early access to the book sales before they are opened to the public. Memberships can be purchased at any CALS branch or at the door during any FOCAL event.

FOCAL book sales feature hardback books for $1 and paperbacks for $0.50 in the Main Library basement and 50% off "gently read" books at River Market Books & Gifts for FOCAL members.

Funds generated by the book sales support FOCAL programs like Summer Reading Club, Read To Me (supplying books to newborns and toddlers when their parents register them for a library card), storytime, music, and puppet shows at the Main Library and many public programs at CALS's fourteen branches.

These sales only happen with the help of many volunteers. If you would like to help, contact 918-3085 or click here if you would like more information on volunteering with FOCAL.

Book Sale Weekend Schedule

Main Library Basement

River Market Books & Gifts

Upcoming Sale Dates

March 8-10, 2018
July 12-14, 2018
November 1-3, 2018

Non-members may buy a $5 wristband for entry Thursday evening and 9 a.m. on Friday & Saturday. FOCAL memberships and wristbands are available at the door of any book sale location. Or, use our secure online membership form to get your membership today!


Purchase a Membership
Thursday 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (FOCAL members only)
$1 hardbacks and 50¢ paperbacks
8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FOCAL members enjoy 50% off gently read books
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (FOCAL members may enter at 9 a.m.)
$1 hardbacks and 50¢ paperbacks
8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FOCAL members enjoy 50% off gently read books
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (FOCAL members may enter at 9 a.m.)
$1 hardbacks and 50¢ paperbacks
9:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FOCAL members enjoy 50% off gently read books

Special Events for Members

Saturday, March 3rd, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Members Only Book Sale Preview Party at River Market Books & Gifts (RMBG). FOCAL books 50% off. Gift merchandise 20% off. Refreshments to be served. RSVP to lkauffman@cals.org or 918.3090. 120 River Market Ave.

Saturday, July 7th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Members Only Book Sale Preview Party at River Market Books & Gifts (RMBG). FOCAL books 50% off. Gift merchandise 20% off. Refreshments to be served. RSVP to lkauffman@cals.org or 918.3090. 120 River Market Ave.

Saturday, October 27th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Members Only Book Sale Preview Party at River Market Books & Gifts (RMBG). FOCAL books 50% off. Gift merchandise 20% off. Refreshments to be served. RSVP to lkauffman@cals.org or 918.3090. 120 River Market Ave.

Pre-Holiday Calm with Morgan Holladay – Main Library, November (Date and Time TBD) Join Morgan Holladay, executive director of Compassion Works for All, for a special FOCAL members only introduction to meditation and the work her organization does for the community: www.compassionworksforall.org. Email cbeaumont@cals.org or call 501-918-3085 to RSVP.

FOCAL Basement Tour & Last-Minute Shopping – Main Library and River Market Books – Gifts (RMBG), Saturday, December 15th, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Santa has his workshop, and we have ours. Join Christopher Beaumont CALS' FOCAL & Volunteer Coordinator for an exclusive, members-only, behind-the-scenes tour of the FOCAL basement and book sale staging area at Main Library. After the tour, members will be escorted to RMBG for refreshments and after-hours, members-only, last-minute shopping. FOCAL books will be 50% off and merchandise 20% off. Email cbeaumont@cals.org or call 501-918-3085 to RSVP.


FOCAL Membership Form