It’s that time of year again, bibliophiles. The Friends of the Oak Park Public Library host the 47th Annual Oak Park Book Fair in the air-conditioned comfort of the OPRF High School cafeteria, 201 N. Scoville, beginning Friday evening, Aug. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. Since this is the “first crack,” they charge a $5 admission. When the doors open, bargain hunters recreate the Oklahoma Sooner land rush. It’s something to see. No one has been trampled yet (that we know of). On Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., admission is free. With 50,000 gently used (one of our favorite euphemisms) tomes, there is plenty to choose from — fiction, history, biographies, business, art, cooking and children’s books. Most hardcover books go for $1; paperbacks are 50 cents to $1. Rare books, collectibles and sets are individually priced.

Donations of books, DVDs and videotapes can be dropped off through Aug. 2 at OPRF’s South Hall entrance.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, nonprofit groups, including parenting, literacy and school organizations, are invited to shop for left-over books at no charge between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. New groups should contact the Friends, voicemail 708-697-6930. Organizational representatives are asked to bring a letter on company letterhead to the sale.

Ken Trainor

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