The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library want you to take home books from the library and never bring them back. There is a catch, however.
You've got to pay for them. But at a dollar or two a book — or a bag of them, depending on the day — it's a deal that's hard to resist.
On Tuesday, early birds got the first look at the books available in the year's first Friends of the Haverhill Public Library book sale, which continues on Thursday, Feb. 4, and ends on Monday, Feb. 8.
Dates and times are:
Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. All books are 25 cents to $1.
Friday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All books 25 cents to $1.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All books are $2 a bag.
Monday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 4;30 p.m. All books are $2 a bag.
The Friends normally sponsor three book sales annually — in the fall, winter and spring, said the organization's president, Cindy Davis Jackson. More than 20,000 books are sold each year, she said.
Books for sale are donated by members of the public and taken from the library collection.
A diverse selection is available, Davis Jackson said, including, fiction and nonfiction — many current bestsellers among them — history, biography, cookbooks, art and architecture, how-to, text books and young adult and children's book.
The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library raised more than $5,000 at the last sale in September, Davis Jackson said.
The money is used to buy new items for the library collection including books and DVDs.