As Spring approaches, it might be time to think about Spring cleaning. The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) is doing its own version of Spring cleaning by hosting its annual Spring mini book sale.

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Way More Than Just Books For Sale

Don't let the name fool you, the Spring mini book sale offers way more than "just" books - literally, thousands of items, including books, audiobooks, movies, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale. And with these items going anywhere from $.50 - $2.00, you will be able to load up without breaking the bank.

Spring Mini Book Sale Details

The 2-day sale will take place on Saturday, March 2nd from 10am-4pm and Sunday, March 3rd from 1pm-3pm in the Browning Rooms at EVPL Central branch, located at 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in downtown Evansville. There is no cost to come and look around, but you are encouraged to bring your own bag or box for anything you buy. A credit card payment option will be available with a minimum purchase of $10.

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Shopping for a Good Cause

The sale is more than just an opportunity to shop for all of the things I just mentioned. The sale serves as a primary fundraiser for the EVPL Foundation.  The money raised at this sale, and others like it throughout the year, are used to support youth programs and services, the community lecture series, emerging technologies, collections, staff engagement, and special library projects and initiatives.

See How Downtown Evansville Has Changed Over the Years

I find looking back on the way things used to be fascinating. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I'm living through the current time period. The conveniences of answering any question we have in seconds, or ordering practically anything we want or need and having it delivered to our doorstep is pretty sweet. But, there is something fun about seeing how things around us have evolved. As an Evansville native, and spending quite a bit of my time in downtown Evansville (that's where the station is located), I've always appreciated the older architecture of the buildings around the area. So, I dug into the Willard Library Archives to see how a few of those areas look now compared to then. Some have changed a little, others quite a bit, and a few don't even exist any more. Take a look.

Gallery Credit: Ryan O'Bryan

Then & Now - Evansville's Washington Square Mall Through the Years

Evansville is home to a lot of unique buildings including the first enclosed retail shopping center in Indiana. Yes, our very own Washington Square Mall was the place to be when it opened in 1963. If you walk through the mall today, you would never guess how alive the shops were, even through the 1980s. Enjoy this walk down memory lane I've put together, and maybe someday there will be new life inside 5011 Washington Ave.

Gallery Credit: Liberty