KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Friends of Kingsport Public Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport will host the 2022 Kingsport Book Fair March 3-6 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium at 1550 Fort Henry Drive. Regular book fair hours are Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, from 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. No entry fee is charged throughout the weekend.
To allow for social distancing, Book Fair inventory will be displayed in more than the two main halls of the Civic Auditorium building. Face coverings will be required for entry and while in the building. Disposable masks and hand sanitizers will be available for customers and volunteers.
The Pre$ale event will take place on Thursday, March 3, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pre$ale admission is $10 CASH. As in 2021, numbered entry tickets will be sold from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to manage crowds and allow for social distancing. Entry to Pre$ale will be based on numbers, starting with the lowest number. For 2022, an academic pre$ale will take place on Thursday, March 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for the academic pre$ale is $5 CASH. A valid faculty/staff/student ID will be required.
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Continuing from previous book fairs, buyers of at least $25 can use cash or major credit cards. Sales under $25 are cash only. Most donated items cost between 25 cents and $5, depending on age, condition, and popularity. The half-price sale starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the $10 Bag $ale starts at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Donated items received since last year’s book fair include thousands of printed books, audio books, music CDs, DVDs and vinyl record albums. Each article was individually assessed and classified into one of over 30 categories (based on format and topic). This year, a Civil War enthusiast donated his extensive personal collection of popular and scholarly books on many areas of the Civil War. The vinyl donation may also be larger than in previous years.
Profits from the Book Fair are shared 50/50 by the Friends of Kingsport Public Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport. Each organization uses these funds to support local literacy programs.
Additional volunteers are welcome to help unpack the books (Thursday, March 3, anytime after 9:30 a.m.) and throughout the weekend for the actual sale and to repack the books on Sunday, March 6, at the end of the fair. This is a fabulous opportunity for young people who need volunteer service hours for high school graduation or college application.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 423-967-7135.