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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:08 pm

Pop quiz: Do you know where to find Imperial Beach’s best bookstore?

Answer: It’s right next to the Imperial Beach Branch Library on 8th Street at the intersection of Imperial Beach Boulevard!

Since the New Imperial Beach Branch of the San Diego County Library opened a little over two years ago, the used bookstore right next door to the library has become quite popular. Recently the Imperial Beach Library Bookstore received the “Best Bookstore” award in the “Best of I.B.” awards event.

The IB Library Bookstore is run entirely by the nonprofit volunteer group, Friends of the Imperial Beach Library. The bookstore accepts donations of gently used books to resell and raise money to help pay for various community and library events and activities. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The store has a large inventory, across categories including, adult fiction, children’s books, cookbooks, history, biographies, philosophy, psychology and much more. Also available are CDs, DVDs and audio books. The inventory changes regularly as new donations are sorted and shelved.

The price of books ranges from 25¢ to $3. Every month a featured topic is on sale and all books in the featured topic are 50¢. This November the featured topic is cookbooks.

There is also a Fifth Saturday Bag Sale in every month that has a fifth Saturday; anyone can fill a large bag with books for just $5. The next $5 bag sale is Nov. 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just in time for holiday shopping.

Money raised from these deeply discounted books goes towards events offered by the community and library, such as funding for children’s art programs and contests, funding for music programs, funding for periodical subscriptions, funding for annual library programs, and much more.

Friends of the Imperial Beach Branch Library meet on the third Monday of every month at 8 a.m. in the library. The public is welcome and community members are encouraged to attend and apply to become volunteers.

Visit our website http://www.imperialbeachfriendsofthelibrary.org to learn more about our nonprofit.

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