WINTERFEST BOOK SALE!
Remember all proceeds benefit the Rochester Public Library!
Hardcovers $2, paperbacks $1, kids and nonprint 50cents
Thursday February 5: Friends’ preview 5-7pm (now’s a good time to join!)
Friday February 6: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday February 7: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday February 8: 1:30 am – 4 pm
101 2nd St SE, Rochester MN 55904
Payment by cash, cheque or credit card
Don’t forget the Friends’ bookstore is open too!
Friends’ Bookstore – 507.328.2306
The Friends bookstore is located on the main floor of the Rochester Public Library. Quality used books at reasonable prices are our specialty. Stock includes children’s books, fiction, non-fiction and foreign language fiction. Check our store regularly as we restock shelves daily with new arrivals.
The Bookstore is operated by the Friends of the Rochester Public Library as a non-profit organization with all proceeds going to the Rochester Public Library. We formed in 1995 dedicated to strengthening the existing resources of the Library while promoting awareness and use of the Library services. All of our books are donated and we are staffed by volunteers. Please consider becoming a Friend’s member and volunteer in the library or bookstore.
We have progressed from one annual garage sale to the RochesterFest two-day event, with three other sales during the year (Winterfest, National Library Week, and Fall Cleanup) as well as our December Holiday Book and Bake Sale. The Friends also run a store that is open for seven days per week, a total of 48 hours. The Special and Unusual Book Sales are also held in conjunction with these sales.
Annually the Library places over 8,000 books (valued over$250,000) as new or replacement books into the Library or Bookmobile from donations. These books and materials were valued at over $250,000. Volunteers consistently donate nearly 18,000 hours sorting books, running the Bookstore, and working at Auditorium sales. (This is estimated to be worth over $340,000 or 8 full-time employees). This is all possible because of the generous donations by residents and visitors of Rochester and surrounding communities.
Recent projects include books for soldiers ‘Operation Paperback’ (Pat Stephenson mailed over 700 books), Support for Channel One (1000s of books), Online sales (text books, out of print books, virtual cash for book purchase, unusual and special books), Art Walk extending our open hours during the summer with Art and Book displays, and RPL Book Group Book bags, where we replace or provide additional copies for over 80 titles. Gift items such as canvas bags, gift certificates, music CDs, and signed books are also available.
(Check out the recent YouTube video from the above link- sorry I can’t seem to post it!)