Friday Favorite: Book Sale Finder


Our Favorite this week is a doozie, especially if you love used book sales. The website Book Sale Finder aggregates information about used book sales (mostly by Friends of the Library organizations) all over the US and Canada and gives you the low down: dates and times, locations, how many books, approximate range of prices, and anything else they know. If you want to enter your information, they’ll even send you an e-mail before book sales in your area.

Happy book buying!

This Week In History: April 20-26


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April 20, 1657: Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).

April 21, 753 BC: The traditional date of the foundation of Rome by Romulus and Remus.

April 22, 1889: At noon, thousands rush to claim land in the Land Run of 1889. Within hours, the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed with populations of at least 10,000.

April 23, 1815: The Second Serbian Uprising erupts after the annexation of the country to the Ottoman Empire.

April 24, 1800: The US Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as my be necessary for the use of Congress”.

April 25, 1792: La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

April 26, 1803: Thousands of meteor fragments fall from the sky over L’Aigle, France.








This Week In History: April 13-19


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April 13, 1742: George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.

April 14, 1828: Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.

April 15, 1802: William Wordsworth sees a “long belt” of daffodils with his sister Dorothy, inspiring him to write I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

April 16, 1746: The Battle of Culloden is fought in Scotland between French-supported Jacobites and British Hanovarian forces.

April 17, 1797: Citizens of Verona, Italy begin an eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces.

April 18, 1506: The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.

April 19, 1855: Visit of Napoleon III to Guildhall, London.









This Week In History: April 6-12


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April 6, 1808: John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, which would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.

April 7, 1827: John Walker, and English chemist, sells the first friction match.

April 8, 1820: The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.

April 9, 1511: St. John’s College, Cambridge, England (founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort) receives its charter.

April 10, 1815: The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15.

April 11, 1814: The Treaty of Fontainebleau ends the War of the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon.

April 12, 1606: The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of Great Britain.










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