SHEBOYGAN – The Friends of Mead Public Library will be holding their annual Big Book Sale from Thursday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 22 in the Rocca Meeting Room of Mead Public Library, 710 N. 8th St. in Sheboygan.
Sale hours will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m on Saturday.
The sale will include hardcover fiction, nonfiction and biographies, softcover fiction and other genres, DVDs, music CDs and much more. All sales benefit Mead Public Library, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.
Mead Public Library was established in 1897 with a bequest from local banker James H. Mead, and the first library building was located at 522 N. 8th St. in the space now occupied by Trattoria Stefano.
In 1904, Sheboygan was granted a new Carnegie-funded library, which was completed in 1904 at N. 7th Street and New York Avenue. The building was later expanded in 1941, and served as Sheboygan’s main library until 1974. The façade of the old building remains on the John Michael Kohler Arts Center property.
The current Mead Library opened in 1974 with over 60,000 square feet of space, and was expanded to 80,000 square feet in 1997, the 100th anniversary of the original library. Mead currently has over 330,000 items and 900,000 recorded annual visits. On average, 254 items are checked out every hour the library is open.
The Friends of Mead Public Library have been supporting library programs and services since their founding in 1972. The Friends’ fundraising efforts help supplement city funding, which can fluctuate due to external economic factors. For more information, visit https://www.meadpl.org/friends.