Views of the Neighborhood

My producer was scouring the local news and came upon the annual Library book sale. She suggested it would make a good item for Views of the Neighborhood. Off we went. This first photo shows the civic center entrance, and sure enough, there was a line waiting for the sale to begin.

Library Book Sale

Got to the sign and sure enough. The sale opens at 9:00 am. It is now 8:45 am.

Book sale

A little closer will give you a view of the folks in line. I have to explain that most of these people are from the upper midwest. They are waiting in line. Most Texansย do not wait in line for anything except barbeque. (Also, Texans in this part of the country don’t wear sneakers)

Book Sale

The doors opened and in we went. I know what yourย thinking. We did not wait in line we went to the store and then came back.

Here is an overview of the interior. You can see a lot of tables and books. There were so many it would be impossible to show you all.

Book Sale

Here is an example of animal books.

Book Sale

And a selection (among many ) of paperbacks.

Book Sale

The pricing system was pretty straight forward.

Book Sale

Each table had a particular sign giving the reader an idea of what was there. I picked one of the more interesting.

Book Sale

The Civic Center is an interesting place unto itself. It has a small museumย at the entrance with some exhibits. Here one showing the birds in the area.

Book Sale

The last photo is a display of a few of the fish around the Gulf. If you look closely, you can see the idiot photographer reflected in the display glass. This will also give you a good idea what Texans wear around here.

Book Sale

I hope you enjoyed the view this week.



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Kudos to the producer for the great tour, and the narrator/photographer gets a thumbs up as well. It’s always fun to explore your neighborhood. BTW, the “quality books” sign is priceless. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I know about the sign. I wonder if any book not placed on that table is “less than quality.” Gotta wonder who makes the decision as well. Maybe there is a literary guild at work here. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. “My producer.” LOL! It’s nice to see so many people taking an interest in books. Did they have any children’s books? I didn’t see any kids milling about. Happy Sunday, John!

    1. They had a lot of children’s books but you are right . I didn’t see any kids either. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I was getting ready to ask “what do Texans wear?” But you took care of that, nicely. I was a little surprised to find people lining up well ahead of time for a book sale. Nothing against books, but aren’t these people on vacation?

    1. Well, the prices are very attractive. Most of these folks are retired so vacation is relative. Thanks, Dan

  4. Photography with books and people always go down well! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks like reports of book reading being a thing of the past is way off the mark! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Like the museum aspect of the centre

    1. I was amazed at how many people were there as well, Jan. This center is a museum for sure. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I love books.
    Even viewing pictures of book is enlightening.
    Thanks, John.

    1. Thanks, Hook. I was amazed at the turn out.

  6. That looked like a great book sale, John. The last library book sale I went to in the U.S. I bought a bag of books. It was inexpensive and a grab bag type of thing. My kids were young and there were some nice children’s books in it. One was an old Grade 1 reader and my son learned to read from it before he started Kindergarten. Like me, he was able to sight read. He’s still an avid reader. Good pictures. I wish I could have been there. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

  7. I see I struck out with your Producer, John! Sigh… Great view of your neighbourhood – I enjoyed this tour of the Library Book Sale. You look very spiffy in your flip-flops!

  8. Good golly Miss Molly! They had a huge turn-out. I’m amazed the tourists were waiting in line for it to open.
    I was waiting for you to say something about it being cold when I saw everyone wearing jackets. You know I was ready to say something when I saw the shorts and flipflops. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ But you wisely skipped that. Every other day I see somebody dressed like that here — even if the temps are in the 30s. Apparently being so close to the gov has driven them nuts.
    Thanks for another fun Sunday stroll, John. Mega hugs.

  9. Your producer made a good choice! I love our local library sale but never arrive before it opens so I don’t know if there is every a line or not. Probably not. Yes, you can spot the locals! Beautiful library too.

  10. Your producer made a good choice. It is good to see so many people lining up for a book sale. I always go to our local library sale but I don’t think people line up but I don’t get there early anyway. Nice civic center. You can certainly spot the locals!

  11. But did you buy any books? Amazon needs to find a way for us to have a blue dot sale. PS: I’m not getting your posts in the reader again. I’m still following (I checked). I picked them up on google+ so there is some value in G+.

    1. Hmmmm. I guess I will report it to WP. Here is the message to them. I’ll let you know. One of my followers reports that my posts are not showing up in his reader. He checked and is still following me. This has happened before but self-corrected. Could you check, please?

      1. I might not be the only fan who isn’t being served.

  12. My fingers itch even as I see pictures of a book sale. Love seeing crowds interested in checking out the books. Great idea for a look around the neighborhood. Thank you, John, for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, Tess. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Your library sale looks better organized than ours – the only separation is fiction and non-fic and patrons have to wander through row by row. But I still manage to find something to buy!

    1. It is put on by Friends of the Library and they really do a good job, Thanks, Teri.

  14. What a great venue for a library book sale! There is plenty to see with the exhibits and the table after table of tempting books, all very well organized.

    1. Thanks, Michelle. It was a great event.

  15. Seriously? Tourists from the Midwest lining up for a used book sale? Gee, they must have heard there were bargains galore! I can’t imagine lining up to buy anything that wasn’t brand-new. Thanks for sharing your neighborhood, John — always a treat.

    1. Does boggle the mind. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. I always find something great to read at the Library Book sale. I enjoyed seeing your library. They got quite a crowd for their sale!

    1. So ture. Thanks, Deborah.

  17. The producer knows how to enjoy the morning. I bet the people watching was better than the books.

    1. Oh yeah. Dod you see the guy with long grey hair?

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