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8/9/1878

Byron in Ogle County is incorporated as a city. The settlement's name Bloomingville (later Bloomingdale) was thought to be too close to Bloomington, so Leonard Andrus suggested the name be changed around1838 in honor of George Gordon, Lord Byron, the English poet popular at that time.

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St. Andrew’s Summer Book Fair

  • 22 July 2022
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 8/5/2022 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Export event

The St. Andrew’s Summer Book Fair, featuring over 20,000 used books, will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 5–6 at 406 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville, Illinois.

The Book Fair features more than 20,000 used books, well organized and priced to sell. Categories include fiction (hardcover and paperback), children’s books, history, literature, pets, sports, regional history, cookbooks, gardening, art, biography, music, humor, large print, religion, reference, science fiction and much more. The books are sorted by category with some categories also alphabetized by author.

Hours on Friday, August 5, by reservation only, will be 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Reservations are not needed for Saturday and walk-ins are welcome 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A sign-up link can be found on the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church website beginning July 22 at or on the St. Andrew’s Book Fair page on Facebook. Those without computer access can call 618-656-1294 to make a Friday reservation or attend the sale on Saturday morning. Masks are recommended, but not required. Cash/check only are accepted.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
406 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, Illinois (Map)

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