The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library book sale is today from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., tomorrow and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Friends conduct three book sales a year. At each one, over 30,000 books are donated, collected, sorted and sold over the course of four days. Paperbacks, hardcover books, videos and DVDs create a Filene's Basement atmosphere according to long serving board member Cindy Cavallaro.

"We eventually decided to hold a Preview Night two nights before the sale begins mostly for used book dealers, otherwise it would be sheer chaos," she said.

Hard-cover editions sell for $1, young adult books are 50 cents and children's and paperbacks cost a quarter. A whole bag of books is just $3.

The books are generally in good to excellent condition and are primarily donated by individuals, estates or companies throughout the area. A small percentage are from the library's own collection. James Patterson, Ken Follett, Dan Brown and Danielle Steele are just a few among the favorite fiction authors. In addition to timeless standards like Shakespeare and Mark Twain, and science fiction writers like Ray Bradbury, popular non-fiction offerings including how-to books, cookbooks, and hobby journals in neatly sorted stacks that are assembled in the library auditorium.

The library is at 99 Main St. For more information call 978-373-1586.

Meet the Expert seminar focuses on feet

Podiatrist David Greenblott, DPM, will lead a Meet the Expert seminar titled "Sports Medicine & The Feet" Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital's first floor auditorium at 140 Lincoln Ave. Learn the most common sports injuries to the feet; how to prevent foot injuries; causes of heel pain; the advantages of orthotics and how computerized gait scan evaluations can help. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited so registration is required. One free contact hour for nursing will be awarded at the end of the presentation.

For more information or to register call 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@merrimackvalleyhospital.com.

Bowling league forming

The Council on Aging is starting a new bowling league. Join the fun at the newly renovated All Saints Bowling Center, 26 Broadway. The bowling center offers a special senior rate and is available any weekday morning. Please call Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390 to discuss details or help organize the league.

Beginner's Genealogy Roundtable meets Oct. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This will be an informal session to learn research tips, ask questions, and share resources and family history. This free workshop will be presented by Marcelle Greenbaum, a member of the COA's board of directors. Please call to register.

Mahjong players from beginner to expert are being sought. Mahjong is played every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center.

NECC celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Northern Essex Community College will present the Flamenco Dance Project Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at Chester's at Bell Tower Square, 60 Island St., Lawrence. This event is free and open to the public. The show is the creation of artistic director and dancer Sabrina Aviles, who began studying Spanish folkloric dance in 1978 in her mother's native Dominican Republic. This event is sponsored by the NECC Fund. For more information, contact Gisela Nash at gnash@necc.mass.edu or 978-738-7413.

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