Library Week Double Feature: Book Sales and More Crazy Books!

Hello there!

I know, I know…Thursday studying and paper writing got the better of me and I wound up missing Thursdays Library Week posting. Never fear, all we need is a double feature to turn that frown upside down!

Firstly, time to give people what they need. I’ve had many local people ask if there is a Friends of the Library (FOL) book sale coming up. There is, indeed! The Alachua County Spring FOL book sale starts tomorrow (Saturday) the 20th and runs to the 24th of this month. FOL Book House is located downtown at 430 N. Main Street in Gainesville. To save time and trouble, their news release is as follows:

All the profits from this low-overhead volunteer effort will be used for the Alachua County Library District and community literacy projects. More than 500,000 books and other items in more than 50 categories will go on sale starting April 20. Both hardback and paperback books are available, with most priced from 25 cents to $4. The collection includes a vast array of classical and modern fiction, children’s and young adults’ books, textbooks from preschool through graduate school, large-print books, cookbooks, hobby books, audio books, music CD’s, videotapes and DVD’s, manga, comic books, magazines, framed artwork, posters, records, games and puzzles, video games, computer software and more.

ALSO: The Collector’s Corner will be open Saturday through Tuesday. This unique feature of the book sale offers special items including first editions, signed copies and rare books for purchase at fair prices. The Collector’s Corner is located in a separate area at the sale.

This only occurs only twice a year, so get in while the getting is good! Spring hours are:

Saturday, April 20, 9 am to 6 pm

Sunday, April 21, 1 to 6 pm

Monday, April 22, 12 to 7 pm

Tuesday, April 23, 12 to 7 pm – everything in the general collection is half price

Wednesday, April 24, 12 to 6 pm – everything is 10 cents

Any other details can be found here.

Now it’s time to give you what you really want…


Again, the Brash Librarian has reached into the UF archives to bring you the silliest and strangest books money can’t buy. Here we go:

Where what’s at?

Well excuse ME, Mr. Stickler.

Thanks bro, I really needed help finding that barcode.

The Redundancy Dept. of Redundancy strikes again.

Okay, this one is actually cool. The spine was ripped and revealed old pages when peeled back. Germans recycled their old/bad pages to make book spines – well done!

Unclassified information? I feel like a secret agent holding this.

Yes, that’s really the book. Don’t believe me? Look at the next one.

Told you so.


I was really hoping this was about a county full of ninjas.

That’s really something Harvard should be bragging about…

What do you mean, “students”? Did these “students” “collect” these “papers” for a “Mr. Gosset”?

I didn’t know entire books were written on this subject.

I hope you enjoyed laughing as much as I did. This concludes National Library Week, I hope you’ve all had a pleasant time – I know I did. Now if only this semester would end, that would be lovely.

Stay Brash, crazy and support your libraries!

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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