BOOKS – Semi-annual Barb’s book and music sale returns November 12 to 26

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Kamloops Symphony’s semi-annual fundraiser Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale is returning for the Fall 2022 edition, celebrating the 25th year of operation.

The sale of gently used books, music, and more will run from Saturday, Nov. 12 to Saturday, Nov. 26, returning once again to 444 Seymour Street between The Big Little Science Centre and Nutters. The sale will be open from 12 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Large quantities of donated books, sheet music, vinyl records, DVDs and CDs have been received, and most are available for only $2 making it very affordable for shoppers to stock up on some summer reading.

All money raised by the sale goes towards the Kamloops Symphony’s operating expenses, which include everything from concert productions to educational programs.

For those interested in getting first dibs at the books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and sheet music, there will be an exclusive early access event on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 12. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to skip the line on opening day and enter the sale at 9 a.m., one hour ahead of the official public opening.

Only 50 tickets are available for this event, dubbed “The Early Bird Catches The (Book) Worm,” which sell for $25 on Eventbrite or by calling the Kamloops Symphony office at 250-372-5000.

In addition to early access to shop at the sale, ticket holders will receive a voucher for one free KSO Up Close ticket (the first three rows in Sagebrush Theatre) to see the KSO’s concert Evocative Elegance, taking place Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Donations will be accepted at 444 Seymour Street from Tuesday, Nov. 8 to Thursday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors are asked to come in the front door, and to be aware that volunteers on-site will not be able to provide any physical assistance with donations. For more information on items that are being accepted, please visit

Running consistently since 1997, the sale was spearheaded by Barb Corbishley who was one of the KSO’s board members at the time. After her passing, it was named Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale in her honour.

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1 Comment on BOOKS – Semi-annual Barb’s book and music sale returns November 12 to 26

  1. Ian MacKenzie // November 4, 2022 at 2:17 PM // Reply

    After collecting books all my adult life, and wishing to pass them on to others who have a similar bent, I have one question: Are there any types or categories of books that you do not wish to accept? If so what are they? Cheers Ian MacKenzie


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