By Anna Lothson
Forty-three isn't necessarily a special anniversary, but for the annual book fair hosted by The Friends of the Oak Park Library, every page matters.
This is the weekend that volunteers have spent weeks preparing for. The book fair opens Friday, Aug. 2 and runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at OPRF High School, 201 N Scoville Ave. Friday night admission is $5 (and $5 per hand-held book scanner), but Saturday admission is free.
There's guaranteed to be stacks of people checking out this event. One thing's for sure for book worms wanting to get the top picks: don't be late. The books fly off the shelves at this event.
In 2012, the 42nd Annual Book Fair offered more than 100,000 books in every conceivable category. With funds raised, the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library continued the tradition of helping the library benefit and engage all of Oak Park. The book fair, which has become a staple community event, is all volunteer run and takes significant time to set up and take down.
Around 30 categories of books and movies will be available at the fair. Most books can be picked up for $2 or less.