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While Hair Balls is fearful of ever-expanding government power and its attendant death panels and Wall Street takeovers, there is one government institution we absolutely love: libraries. We're total whores for literacy and recreational/ educational reading. Which is why we're stoked for the Friends of the Houston Public Library's annual book sale, going on today through Sunday at the George R. Brown. That's 80,000 books for sale, y'all, with proceeds going to the HPL, which could really use the dough.

The Friends need volunteers to help set up, count the books sold, resort books, help customers, smuggle weapons, and other assorted tasks. So get to it. And while you're at it, you should consider joining the Friends. Membership has its benefits, including entree to the members-only (heh, "members"...) preview sale tonight. Adult memberships are $20; kids 17 and under are free.

And remember, Sunday is "Bag Day," which, we're told, has nothing to do with old ladies, but actually involves getting to stuff a bag full of as many books as you want for only $10. That's a hard deal to beat, so hop to it!

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

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