Wooten said library officials have heard from a number of community members who are disappointed or confused by the changes. Luckily, book donations haven't tapered off at all, she said.
"We just have so many books," she said.
Last year's sale raised more than $30,000.
Officials expect to save more than $100,000 by canceling the festival, which brought author lectures, vendors and book signings to the capital city for 12 years.
They hope that, if the library's funding is restored, the book festival will go on next year as usual.
That all rests with the fate of a proposed excess levy voters will be asked to approve at a Nov. 9 special election.
The proposed property tax would benefit both the Kanawha County school system and the library. It would raise $24 million in fiscal year 2014-15 - $21 million for the school system and $3 million for the library system, restoring it to its former funding level.
This year, the book sale will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then reopen at 3:30 p.m. for the box and bag sale, where people buy books in bulk for a reduced rate. (In years past, the book sale ran all day Saturday, and the box and bag sale ran on Sunday.)
The library is still looking for volunteers for festival weekend. To volunteer call Wooten at 304-343-4646, ext. 1287, or email terry.woo...@kanawha library.org.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.