The 37th Annual Friends of Legal Services Book Sale will kick off this Friday at 9:00 AM at the former Burlington Coat Factory space in the Chambersburg Mall.  “If you are a book lover or bargain hunter, you will love our sale,” said Sue DeVos, the group’s president.  “The sale space is roomy, there is ample parking, and the selection of puzzles and special books is unusually numerous.”      

The sale runs from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Friday, May 19; from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 20; and from noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 21.  The sale offers not only tens of thousands of books, but also CDs (including audio books), DVDs, sheet music, puzzles, board games, rare books, and collector’s items.  Standard small paperbacks are just 50 cents. The sale accepts cash or checks only – no credit cards.

Rare books and collector’s items will be sold by silent auction, with bidding closing at 4:00 PM on Saturday.  Highlights this year include a first edition of Willa Cather’s O, Pioneers!, an 11-volume limited edition set of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly Novels from 1892-1893, a 14-volume set of Longfellow’s works from 1889-1891, and many local history items.  A list of all the bid books—over 70 of them–can be found at

The sale will have tables full of mysteries, novels, science fiction, romance, children’s and young adult books, cookbooks, histories, poetry, biographies, Christian romance, Civil War books, art, military, home improvement, large print, travel, foreign language, and many other categories—all sorted by topic to make them easy to find.

On Sunday, Bargain Bag Day, patrons will be able to fill a grocery sack with books of their choice for just $5.00.  After three grocery sacks, the fourth is free.  There are usually tens of thousands of books and other items still available on Sunday.

The sale is possible because of the work of nearly a hundred volunteers who collected, sorted, and priced books all year, and the many local businesses that served as collection sites.  F&M Trust, the law firm of DiLoreto, Cosentino, and Bolinger, M&T Bank, St. Thomas American Legion Post 612, and Mix 95.1 and Classic Rock 94.3 WQCM are sponsors of the sale, having provided generous financial support.  Proceeds of the sale help provide legal services to local low-income residents and victims of domestic violence in our area.

Photo caption:  The scene at opening day of last year’s Friends of Legal Services Book Sale.  This year’s sale will run from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Friday, May 19; from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 20; and from noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 21, at the Chambersburg Mall.