JC Public Library fall book sale this weekend; Habitat Women Build event underway across the Tri-Cities

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Oct 23, 2019 at 9:58 PM

Thousands of donated books, audiobooks, DVD films, music albums and more will be for sale at handsomely discounted prices this weekend at the Johnson City Public Library.

Friends of the Library will kick off their annual Fall Book Sale Friday, Oct. 25, with a special, first-choice preview event for Friends group members from 6-8 p.m. in the library’s Jones Meeting Room. Memberships are available for a modest fee.

The sale will be open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Sunday, October 27, from 1-3 p.m.

This year’s sale will include up to 10 free books for anyone with “Little Free Library” book exchange box in their front yard who brings a photo of themselves in front of their box to the sale. The sale also will feature an “all-you-can-carry” special on Sunday in which as many items as buyers can fit in a paper grocery bag will be available for $5. Bags will be provided at the sale.

Friends of the Library is a volunteer group dedicated to the welfare and promotion of the library and organization of the biannual books sales from which all proceeds go to the library.

Group President Kathi Cary said that along with hidden gems, the sale offers people a chance to support their local library.

“I love seeing the wide variety of materials and genres. In the past I’ve purchased items ranging from a John Denver album to ‘Midsomer Murder’ DVDs, to books about gardening, to puzzles.”

More information about the sale and the Friends group can be found at www.jcpl.org, obtained by calling 423-434-4450, or by dropping by the library at 100 W. Millard St.

Holston Habitat for Humanity is encouraging Tri-Cities area women and girls age 16 and older to join in its Women Build days today through Saturday and Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, at construction sites in Bristol and Johnson City.

Morning and afternoon shifts are available with a complimentary lunch in-between.

Mandy Penz, volunteer manager at Holston Habitat, said that while the biannual Women’s Build events are offered in the spirit of empowerment and equality for women, men and boys are also encouraged to participate, particularly those with wives, daughters and sisters taking part in the build.

Holston Habitat Executive Director Trish Patterson said, “Women Build is an integral part of Holston Habitat’s broader mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

According to Patterson, Holston Habitat annually engages nearly 2,000 volunteers in home builds across the local region.

Over the next two weeks, she said, Holston Habitat is looking forward to engaging both new and existing volunteers through Women Build. “We thank each volunteer who will help and are excited to provide such a fun opportunity for hands-on learning and community building,” Patterson said.

For more information about Women Build or to register as a volunteer, visit www.HolstonHabitat.org or call 423-239-7689.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, slegg@johnsoncitypress.com or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.