The Cherry Building in NewBo, usually abuzz with bookworms looking for a stockpile of bargains every October, is going to be quieter this fall, sadly thanks to an announcement from the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library that the annual book sale will be moved to next May.
Originally scheduled for the first weekend in October, Iowa's News Now says the event has been moved to May 13-15. Organizers say they are taking social distancing and safety into account as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Friends of the CRPL President Libby Slappey said
First and foremost, we wanted our patrons and our volunteers to know they could safely shop at our big sale. After reviewing relevant case data in Linn County, we knew the numbers were not on our side. Our sale typically draws hundreds of people into a tight space that’s already crowded with thousands of books and we simply couldn’t take the risk
The good news is if you're on the hunt for some literary Christmas finds for the reader in your life, or just a good read to curl up with yourself this Fall and winter you can check out the smaller book sales the Friends of the CRPL will host at the remaining two downtown Cedar Rapids Farmer's Markets from 7:30 a.m. to noon on September 18 and October 2, in front of the Cedar Rapids Public Library at 450 5th Ave. SE. (I forgot we still had a couple of those left!)
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9-5, and Sunday from 1-5.
Even though you won't be visiting NewBo for the Fall book sale at the Cherry Building, the district has plenty of appeal you'll want to check out if you haven't been down there lately. Stay the whole weekend in this vintage firehouse Airbnb.