It’s been awhile since I’ve written in this space, and not because I didn’t have stuff to write about but because I got out of the habit, then forgot the password, then got a new password, forgot that one, got a new one, etc. I’ve been driving the IT crew crazy, and I apologize for that.

Now that I’m back, two things are on my mind right this minute: One is the Friends book sale this weekend. There will be hundreds of books and they will all be dirt cheap. Unless the Friends have changed their pricing strategy the sales prices are too cheap, in my opinion.

The latest data from American publishers shows that the average price of a hardback children’s book is now nearly $20. The average for a young adult book is $25. Adult fiction carries an average price of $27, and adult nonfiction, it’s $30.

The other thing on my mind is the hard work that went into our teen project this summer. Our team of about a dozen teens rebuilt a go-kart that was donated. Now, they’re trying to sell it, and it will be raffled off this weekend at the book sale. I’d like to see the go-kart bring between $400 and $500 because it represents a lot of sweat and hard work by the teens and because it is all fixed up and ready to go.

So, consider all the money you save on books this weekend and consider spending a little on that go-kart!