The Friends of the Grand Forks Public Library organization is hosting a “modified” book sale from Thursday, April 1, through Wednesday, April 7, except Easter Sunday, April 4.

Instead of a room filled with books on the second floor, which has been the format for the annual event for years, books will be displayed on tables spread throughout the main floor of the library, and social distancing will be encouraged to comply with public health guidelines during the pandemic, said Angie Laxdal, marketing director for the library.

Large quantities of books will be available in a wide range of genres, including fiction, mystery, romance, young adult and children’s books.

Additional books will be brought out daily, Laxdal said.

The prices will be $1 for hardcover books, 50 cents for paperback books, and $5 to fill a grocery bag.

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For those who are uncomfortable with in-person browsing, the library staff will be offering prepackaged bags containing a mix of adult-genre books for $5. No substitutions allowed.

The sale will take place during regular library hours: Thursday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3, and Monday-Wednesday, April 5-7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed Sundays.

All proceeds from the book sale will go to the library's Friends group to support the library.

For more information, call the library at (701) 772-8116.