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Friends of the Library Book Sale – Now taking orders!

November 9, 2020 - November 29, 2020| Main Library (Traverse City)

Holiday book and media curbside bag sale!

The Friends of Traverse Area District Library book sale is following a new format this year – bags of books, cds, and DVDs are $5 each. We’re taking orders now for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 between noon and 4 p.m. 

How does this new book sale format work? 

Step 1: Place your order!

Choose from the categories available, place your order for a bag, and we’ll fill it with 10 items for just $5. (Friends volunteers have organized our vast collection of books, CDs and DVDs into bags under the most popular categories.) Order as many bags as you’d like. The bags are a great holiday gift idea for your book, music or movie fan. Or, open your bags and spread the cheer to many family and friends!

Plus, you’ll know that your purchase will go to help fund programs and other needs at the Traverse Area District Library.

Categories available:


  1. Arts/ Humanities
  2. Biography
  3. Children (picture books)
  4. Fiction/Classics
  5. Hobbies/Crafts
  6. Michigan
  7. Mystery/Thrillers
  8. Religion/Spirituality
  9. Self-Help
  10. Youth (middle school & pre-teen)
  11. Cookbooks


  1. Pop and Rock
  2. Jazz
  3. Blues
  4. Classical
  5. Christmas
  6. Sound Tracks


  1. General
  2. Horror
  3. Science fiction
  4. Fitness
  5. Music
  6. Children

How do I order? Go to www.tadl.org/friends/ to place your advance order. You will find listings of the categories. Just plug in how many bags you want of each. It’s just like buying items at your favorite online store. If you don’t want to order online, we’ve provided a printable order form you can complete and mail in with a check.

Do I get to know what’s in my bag? That’s the fun of it! A surprise! But please know that our volunteers are selecting a valuable mix of items for each bag. 

Step 2: Pick up your order!

How do I pick up my bags? Just bring your receipt and a form of identification (like a driver’s license) to the south parking lot at the Woodmere branch at 610 Woodmere Ave. Look for our volunteers wearing Santa hats! Give us a wave, and our volunteer will come to your car, ask for your name and order number, then retrieve your order from inside and bring it to you.  We have your safety in mind! The volunteers will be masked and following other COVID protocols to safeguard your health. 

Can I pick up any time on Saturday? So that we’re not flooded with cars at any one time, we ask you to arrive – if possible – during the following time slots on Saturday:

  • If your last name begins with:
  • A-G: noon to 1 p.m.
  • H-M: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • N-S: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • T-Z: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Of course, we know Saturdays can be busy. So if you can’t make the preferred pickup time, we understand. Come when you can.

What if I can’t make the pickup Saturday but still want to order? You can pick up your bag at the front counter of the library Monday Dec. 7 or Tuesday Dec. 8. 

What’s the cutoff for ordering? Online orders will be accepted up to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Mail-in orders must be received by Monday, Nov. 30. 

Other questions? Email us at friends@tadl.org. During Saturday’s pickup, you can call us at 231-668-7897

Thank you for helping the Friends of Traverse Area District Library!


November 9, 2020
November 29, 2020
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States