The 29th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair will be held July 19 – 21 in the Greenville First Christian Church Family Life Center, located at 1100 Killarney Drive. The book fair will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 19; from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

An “early bird” admission fee will be charged from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 19. There is no admission charge for adults or children on July 20 or 21.

The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book fair is one of the largest in the St. Louis area. Last year the event had sales of over $13,300 which were the second-highest in the history of the activity. Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase medical equipment for Greenville Regional Hospital.

Over 30,000 items will be offered for purchase. Books are sorted and placed in over 55 categories.

All children 12 and under will receive a coupon for two free children’s books.

Special promotions will allow shoppers to purchase books at a discount. On July 21, books will be reduced 50 percent from 9 a.m. to noon. A “close-out special” between noon and 3 p.m. on July 21 will allow shoppers to fill a grocery bag with books of their choice for just five dollars. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 21, non-profit organizations may obtain books free of charge.

Jack Chism and Linda Hampton, both of Greenville, will again serve as co-chairs of the event. Cynthia Wiegand and Chism’s wife, Susan, all of Greenville, are also members of the book fair planning committee. These volunteers have been actively involved in the book fair throughout the years. Chism and Hampton have provided leadership for numerous book fairs.

Hardback books, paperbacks, text books, religious books, antique books, CDs, DVDs, video cassette tapes, music cassettes, sheet music, and puzzles are being sought for the book fair. Children’s books, video cassette tapes for youngsters, CD ROMS for children, western books, “thrillers,” science fiction books, cookbooks, DVD’s and audio books commonly referred to as “books on tape” are especially needed.

Items for the book fair may be taken to the lobby of Greenville Regional Hospital, Fair Oaks, and the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop.

Those who have books or items to be picked-up, in addition to persons wishing to work at the book fair, should contact Jack Chism at 618.664.2797, or Greenville Regional Hospital Director of Legislative Affairs and Volunteer Service Alan Gaffner at 618.664.1230, x3222.