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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

April 16, 2009

Friends of NIU Libraries hosts
third annual Book Appraisal Fair

DeKalb, Ill. — Friends of the NIU Libraries invites the public to attend its third annual Book Appraisal Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department on the fourth floor of Founders Memorial Library.

Members of the Friends of NIU Libraries will receive their first three books appraised free of charge, with additional appraisals at a rate of $5 each. Appraisals for non-members will cost $10.

“We will gladly accept new members that day for non-members who wish to take advantage of the ‘member rate' for appraisals,” said Lynne Thomas, faculty liaison to the Friends of NIU Libraries and head of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Thomas Joyce of Thomas J. Joyce & Company and the Chicago Rare Book Center, who has also appeared on HGTV's “Appraisal Fair,” and Bill Butts of Main Street Fine Books in Galena, will serve as book appraisers. Joyce specializes in printed books, and Butts has extensive experience in appraising autographs and other ephemeral materials.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the NIU Libraries. For more information on the Book Appraisal Fair, call (815) 753-8091.

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