44th Annual Book Fair returns to Oak Park and River Forest High School

Donate, volunteer and shop to support annual Friends of the Oak Park Public Library event

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By Oak Park Public Library

The 44th Annual Book Fair, hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, returns to Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., on Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2. Friday's hours are 6 to 10 pm, with an admission cost of $5 per person, and $5 per electronic device. Saturday's hours are 9 am to 5 pm, and admission is free.

One of the largest in the area, the fair typically offers more than 100,000 books in every conceivable category, from Cooking to Collectibles, sorted for easy browsing and shopping. With funds raised, the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library help support programming like Fizz Boom Read, our summer reading program for kids birth through grade 6, and present free, engaging events including the annual Barbara Ballinger Lecture and a Folk Music Concert Series.

This well-loved community sale is made possible thanks in large part to generous donations. To donate books, records, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and audiobooks in sellable condition, just drop them directly at the Scoville entrance of the high school from July 18 through July 28. Donations are also accepted at the Main Library year-round.

Each year, over 100 volunteers kindly donate their time to make this event possible. New volunteers are always welcome to join the team as book sorters. Book sorting will take place in the south cafeteria at OPRF, July 18 through 28, during the following hours. Feel free to show up and get started!

  • Mondays through Fridays, 1-4 pm and 7-9 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 2 pm

The Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, have been building bridges between library and community, and raising funds to help sponsor library programs and services since 1948. To learn more, follow the Friends on Facebook or visit oppl.org/friends

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