The place to buy used books this week is the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton.

The annual Friends of the Bitterroot Public Library Used Book Sale will Tuesday through Saturday in the downstairs meeting of the building (use the west stairs).

Tuesday evening is the premiere night with a $3 admission for those who want the "pick of the litter." That is the only time an admission fee will be charged and it's from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 24.

After that, the sale continues through September 28 with free admission from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The price for all items will be $1 per inch thick.

There is also a silent auction of special items through the week, with a deadline of 6 p.m. on Friday. The ever-popular Bag Sale (where you can stuff as many books as possible into a grocery bag for $2) will be Friday. And if you don't have a bag, the volunteers will supply them. All proceeds benefit the Bitterroot Public Library, of course.

And there's more! Outside, on the sidewalk, there will be books for free.

The long winter months are ahead and your true friend on a snowy night is a good book! It doesn't need batteries, it always knows where the conversation left off, it doesn't care if you fall asleep in the middle of a sentence and just hangs around until you have time for it. And it doesn't mind if you have the radio on while you're reading - for instance, KLYQ 1240, Home of True Oldies!