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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.

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!

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 Schedule:

November 9-11, 2017 | March 8-10, 2018 | July 12-14, 2018 | November 1-3, 2018

Special Events for Members

In 2018 we will offer several events for FOCAL members only. Here are two events we’ve planned for 2017 to give you a sample of what’s in store:

Pre-Holiday Calm with Morgan Holladay – Main Library, Monday, November 13, 11:00 a.m. to noon. 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: After the discussion, stay from noon to 1:00 p.m. and participate as Morgan leads a guided meditation session that is open to the general public. Contact Christopher Beaumont or call 501-918-3085 by October 31 to RSVP.

FOCAL Basement Tour & Last-Minute Shopping – Main Library and River Market Books & Gifts (RMBG), Saturday, December 9, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Santa has his workshop, and we have ours. Join Christopher Beaumont, FOCAL 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 afterhours, members only, last-minute shopping. FOCAL books will be 50% off and merchandise 20% off. Contact Christopher Beaumont or call 501-918-3085 by November 30 to RSVP.