From October 14–19, Hoosier Hills Food Bank will host the 37th annual Bloomington Community Book Fair at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The event is a fundraiser for the food bank, which provides more than 4 million pounds of food annually to organizations that serve 25,800 individuals each year.
More than 100,000 items will be available for purchase at the Book Fair, including horror, science fiction, and children’s books; collectibles; games; puzzles; comics; DVDs; and CDs. Visitors to the fair can bring a canned food item in exchange for a $1 book voucher.
“We are honored to be the home of this beloved community event,” says the organization on its website. “For more than 30 years, we’ve promoted a message of sustainability—that too much food is wasted and should instead be channeled to people at risk of hunger. In many ways, the same is true of used books. We can’t afford to be a throwaway society—not with food, not with books and certainly not with people.”
The Book Fair is open from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday–Friday and from 9 a.m.–6p.m. Saturday–Tuesday. On Thursday, early access admission to the Book Fair is $10, but veterans get in free. All patrons receive free door access from Friday–Tuesday. Donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and other items are accepted Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at 2333 W. Industrial Park Drive. Learn more about the event and special daily promotions here.