Hickory – Save the date for the Friends of Hickory Public Library’s biggest and best book sale of the year, October 3-6, at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Thousands of books will be available — paperbacks, hardbacks, fiction, non-fiction, children’s, history, biographies, travel, reference, crafts, cookbooks, religious, business, music, gardening, specialty items and more. Most books sell for $.50 to $2.

The book sale takes place from Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6. Thursday hours have changed this year. Friends members only many shop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with refreshments served). New members may pay their annual dues at the door in the morning (and current members may renew) to take advantage of early shopping and the best selection of books on this special day. Membership for students and seniors 65+ is $10; individuals, $15; and families $25.

The public is welcome to shop on Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and on Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday is Bargain Day, when shoppers can fill a bag with books for $3.

The book sale is the major fundraiser for the Friends group, with the money earned being used to help supply non-budgeted items to enhance the services that the library provides, including the kid’s bookmark contest, the summer reading program, senior and preschool outreach, and programs throughout the year featuring guest artists and musicians. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Third Street NE, Hickory.