Manzanita book sale returns Memorial Day weekend

An annual Memorial Day tradition plays out May 27 and 28 in Manzanita, as the North Tillamook Library hosts its book sale featuring thousands donated books. It’s a sale that has become so big in recent years that it’s at two locations: The Hoffman Center for the Arts (549 Laneda Ave.) and Pine Grove Community House three blocks away (225 Laneda).

By Dave Fisher

Volunteeer book sorters

“We’ve always have a great selection; fiction, non-fiction, hardback, paperback, children’s books, coffee table books and more,” said Ann Morgan, longtime Library Friend and coordinator of this year’s sale.

The sale begins Friday evening, May 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in which members of the Friends of the Library get first crack at this year’s selection. If you are not a member, have no fears. According to Morgan you can join the evening of the presale – $10 for an individual membership and $15 for a family. The following day, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the general public is invited to comb the shelves and tables for good deals on “gently used” books.

The books at the Hoffman Center are non-fiction and include cookbooks, biographies, humor, nature, gardening, history, religion, self-help, reference, general interest and coffee table books.

One can find fiction books at the Pine Grove Community House – novels, mysteries, science fiction, poetry, romances and children’s books.

The book sale, held every year over the Memorial Day weekend, is the major fundraiser for the North Tillamook County Friends to provide maintenance to the Manzanita library. The books have been donated by members of the community, and volunteers sort and price them year-round. Over 100 volunteers from Wheeler, Nehalem and Manzanita volunteer to make the book sale a success.

Mark your calendars and the days of the sale, Morgan gives this one piece of advice: “The earlier you come, the better the pickings.”