First Used Book Sale of the New Year at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library sale of used books and assorted other media on January 18-22 gives book-o-philes, game lovers, music and movie fans —and this year even art aficionados — the opportunity to start 2017 in a big way. The sale takes place at the Friends’ second floor used book sale facility at the Library, 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester.

Each Friends book sale has a different mix of items and some special attractions. Friends Book sale chair Ann Gruenewald reports that the January 2017 sale will feature the sale of a very large donation of Christie’s and Sotheby’s art auction catalogs, items coveted by art connoisseurs.

Except for a few higher quality items that are priced individually, hardcover and large softcover books are $1, paperbacks and children’s books are 50 cents. Also available are many DVDs, CDs, books on CD, board and digital games and VHS tapes that are also inexpensively priced.

The order of sale follows the usual pattern: The first day is a presale for members of the Friends group, the library’s donor support arm. They get first look at the stock Wednesday, January 18, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (Memberships — individual $20; family $35; Student/Senior $10; senior couple $20— are available at the door.)

Afterward, public sales hours are:

  • Thursday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 20, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 22, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday is also Bag Day, where buyers can fill a grocery bag of remaining items for $5 a bag.

Note that the sale hours vary slightly from the library’s hours of operation on those days.

The books and other sales material are donated by library patrons throughout the year. For more info on how to donate and on the value of a Friends membership, go to and click on the Friends link at the bottom of the home page.

Proceeds go to the Friends, which is the library’s prime non-public support group and is dedicated to promoting a closer relationship between the library and its constituents through fund raising and special events.

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