Books, those tangible, readable things, aren't going anywhere, at least not if we have anything to say about it. They fill our minds and our personal spaces with beauty. Look no further than the beloved YMCA Book Fair to add some bits of lettered allure to your life, and to maybe even pick up one (or more) of the fair's rare and unusual books, which range from works published in the 1800s to more modern signed tomes. This year's fair runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday (August 13 through 17) at Queeny Park's Greensfelder Recreation Complex (550 Weidman Road, Ballwin; www.ymcastlouis.org). Admission is $10 on Thursday and free all other days. Book sales benefit community members in need of language tutoring, as well as a variety of YMCA programs for young people.
Price: $10 opening day, free admission after that