Book fair returns to Civic Auditorium |

The region’s largest book fair returns next week to the Kingsport Civic Auditorium with plenty of books, audiobooks, music CDs, films and vinyl records to choose from.

The Kingsport Book Fair will take place March 3-6 at the Civic Auditorium.

The event is coordinated and sponsored by Friends of the Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport, according to a press release.

The event will have a special preview sale on March 3 from 5-9 p.m. with $10 entry. Back is the special academic sale in preview, also on March 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is $5 and valid faculty/staff/student ID is required for entry.

Regular book fair hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 4 and 5 and 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 6.

No admission fees are charged throughout the weekend, organizers said.

City officials said Book Fair inventory will be displayed in more than the two main rooms of the building to allow for social distancing.

Face coverings will be required for entry and while in the building. Disposable masks and hand sanitizers will be available for customers and volunteers.

Organizers said the Book Fair will feature thousands of books for sale, as well as a good selection of audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and vinyl record albums. All book fair items have been donated for sale over the past year and have been individually rated and sorted by volunteers into one of over 30 categories.

Major credit cards will be accepted on purchases of at least $25. Sales under $25 are cash only. The half-price sale begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, while the $10 bag sale begins at opening on Sunday. Most donated items cost between 25 cents and $5, depending on age, condition and popularity.

This year’s fair inventory includes: Fiction, Non-Fiction, History, Biography, Children, Religion, Music, Cookbooks, DIY, Gardening, Manuals, Vinyl, and Art/Coffee Table Books. The Regional Interest category will include books from the FoxFire series, Jefferson Bass, Adriana Trigiani, as well as cookbooks from local churches and civic groups.

Classic and contemporary WWII books will be in the History/Biography category. Romance readers will be especially pleased with the depth of the paperback gifts, both classic and “almost new” tales of bliss forever.

A Sports & Transportation category will contain books on professional athletes, sports, fitness, automobiles, trains, and planes, while birdwatchers and other nature lovers will find gems in the Nature & Outdoors category.

Each year, the donations have a “personality”. This year, a Civil War enthusiast donated his extensive personal collection of popular and scholarly books on many areas of the Civil War. In addition, the vinyl donation seems more important 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. Last year, the book fair had sales of around $30,000.

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