Seattle Public Library Spring Book Sale

The economy has now plunged past the point where “shabby chic” stories and “Recessionista” headlines are funny. Thrift is serious. New books from Amazon and Barnes & Noble cost real money; people are making fewer trips to Blockbuster and Scarecrow. That’s why the Seattle Public Library Spring Book Sale arrives at just the right time. It’s not just a book sale, of course. Some 250,000 CDs, DVDs, posters, and books are up for grabs today and Sunday. Most titles cost a buck; the premium stuff runs a little higher. But when you calculate in the price of the bus fare, and perhaps a walk in the park to the shore of Lake Washington, there’s a full day of bargain entertainment to be had. Think of it as a family expedition, with fiction and non-fiction titles available for all ages. Of special note this year would be anything on the topics of financial planning, getting out of debt, job hunting, self-employment, canning fruit and preserves, cooking, and foraging for foodstuffs in our harsh economic climes. Because I hear that squirrels and pigeons can be cooked into delicious meals. BRIAN MILLER

Sat., April 18, 9 a.m.; Sun., April 19, 11 a.m., 2009

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