Reader's delight - Kingsport Book Fair returns this weekend

Matthew Lane • Mar 4, 2019 at 2:20 PM

KINGSPORT — Get your bookmarks ready. Kingsport’s largest community book fair is just around the corner.

The Kingsport Book Fair will take place this weekend, March 7-10, at the Civic Auditorium. The event is coordinated and sponsored by Friends of the Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport.

Gail Preslar, a volunteer with Friends of the Library, said the fair will offer thousands of volumes for sale, along with a good selection of audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and vinyl record albums. All of the items in the book fair have been donated for the sale over the past year, and they were individually priced and sorted by volunteers into one of more than 30 categories.

“I’d say we’ve got about the same amount of books as last year, but not all of them have been processed yet,” Preslar said. “Our donations have definitely increased since the drop-off was moved to the front lobby as a reminder to people as they exit (the library).”


Inventory for this year’s fair includes: fiction, nonfiction, history, biography, children’s, religion, music, cookbooks, DIY, gardening, textbooks, vinyl, and art/coffee table books. The Regional Interest category will have books from Vince Staten, the FoxFire series, Jefferson Bass, Adriana Trigiani and cookbooks from local churches and civic groups.

Classic and contemporary books on World War II will be in the History/Biography category. Preslar said readers of romance will be especially happy with the depth of the paperback fiction donations, both classic and “almost new” tales of happily-ever-after. A category for Sports and Transportation will contain books on professional athletes, sports, fitness, automobiles, trains and airplanes, while birders and other nature lovers will find gems in the Nature and Outdoors category.

“Since we’ve moved the donation bin to the front of the library, our kids’ selection has diminished. But we recently had a bunch of stuff come in, so there will be a nice selection of kids’ books, textbooks, normal picture and chapter books,” Preslar said.


March 7 — A special preview sale will be held from 5-9 p.m. Admission is $10.

March 8-9 — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 10 – 12:45 to 5 p.m.


There’s no admission for the three-day event. Patrons buying at least $25 worth of items can use cash or major credit cards. Sales under $25 are cash only. Everything will be half-price beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the $10 bag sale will take place beginning at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Profits from the book fair are split 50/50 by Friends of the Kingsport Public Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport. Each organization uses these funds to support local literacy programs. Last year, the book fair had sales of roughly $30,000.

For more information or to volunteer your time, call (423) 967-7135 or email [email protected]