Stacking the Shelves: JoCo Library BIG Fall Kid’s Book Sale ed.!

November 15th, 2014 2:02 pm by Kelly Garbato

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So I was a little taken aback when the much-anticipated Johnson County Library fall book sale was announced last month. Instead of a book sale-book sale, it was billed as a “BIG Fall Kid’s Book Sale.” Luckily including YA and middle grade titles, but still. Usually the Friends of Johnson County has so many books to unload that they host their sales in the greater part of a mall! In which case, why limit it to just kids’ books? Maybe the donations were a little lax this year? But then many of the titles were library discards, so perhaps they focused their fall cleaning in the kids’ aisles this time around? I DON’T KNOW! But even with the limited selection – and despite what a long drive it is for us (an hour one way, yo!) – I couldn’t resist checking it out.

As it turned out, the selection was pretty decent for such a narrowly focused sale. There were at least as many YA books as at the regular sale – several tables’ worth – and a fair amount of middle grade books too. I scoured the YA tables but mostly skimmed the kids’ books. Maybe I would have been more diligent if I wasn’t wiped out from jury duty earlier that day. (Spoiler alert: I was not among the chosen twelve. Like you couldn’t see THAT coming!)

I came away with 13 books – not bad! – including two that were on my wish list: The Chaos and Diverse Energies. I can’t lie, I was super-psyched to find those. I almost wish I’d picked up an extra copy of The Chaos to give to the shelter I volunteer for. Oh well, next time.

  • Alias: Replaced by Emma Harrison (2005)
  • Alias: Strategic Reserve by Christina F. York (2006)
  • Alias: Namesakes by Greg Cox (2006)
  • Aphrodite’s Blessings: Love Stories from the Greek Myths by Clemence McLaren (2002)
  • Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau (2012)
  • Dark Water by Laura McNeal (2010)
  • Diverse Energies edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti (2012)
  • Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples (2005)
  • The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson (2012)
  • 11,000 Years Lost (Amulet) by Peni R. Griffin (2006)
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2005)
  • Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai (2010)
  • My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson (2011)
  • Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn (2010)

    While we were in the area, we stopped by Whole Foods but struck on out most of our list, including the elusive Silk Pumpkin Spice. But they had Follow Your Heart on sale, so we picked up a bunch of mozzarella and cheddar (suck on that, Daiya!).

    On the way home we drove by another natural foods store, the new-to-us Natural Grocers. They’ve been in the Metcalf storefront since at least May; we tried to pop in after the spring book sale, but they’d already closed for the day.

    We stopped on a whim, and OMG am I so glad we did: they are better than Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Price Chopper combined! Their ratio of vegan-to-non food is pretty good (especially when compared to those other guys! boo!), and we found so many items we’d been hunting for: Silk Pumpkin Spice (yeah, we cleared the shelf). Amy’s Daiya Cheese Pizzas (you got me, Daiya). Quarts of vegan ice cream in several flavors and brands. Those tamales Shane loves. Even vegan raviolis!

    And the prices were so good, you guys! Even if the book sale had been a bust, Natural Grocers alone would have been worth the drive down.

    Open up a branch in the Northland, you guys? please please please!

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