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Library's book sale starts Wednesday

Friends of the Library spent Friday sorting books and other items that will beon sale starting Wednesday. Among them was Linda Reeve, pictured as she looksthrough some children’s books. Prices on no-longer-used items range from a dime to a dollar.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com

Bibliophiles are people who really like books. A group of them stayed busy Friday in the activity room at the Fayette County Public Library.

Friends of the Library, an auxiliary composed of bibliophiles, is having its semi-annual book sale Wednesday through Saturday at the library, 828 N. Grand Ave. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A preview sale for Friends members is on Tuesday.

That means several days of sorting through no-longer-used items that have been piled up in a store room for the past several months. While most of it involves taking books out of the closet and putting them in boxes according to age or interest, there might have been a little bit of preview shopping going on.

For instance, Les Yeager showed a little book to his wife, Margie Yeager. She saw it was a book of exercises to improve one’s IQ and said maybe they should get it for some children they know. Les said no, he thought maybe he ought to buy it to keep his own mind sharp.

The sale’s chairwoman, Diana Phillips, said finding things she wants is one of the problems she has with the sale. “Every time I’ve looked, I’ve found something unique,” she said. Sometimes, she’s spent $50 at the sale. She may buy a book, read it, and then donate it back to the library for the next sale.

Besides books, this week’s sale includes puzzles, records, CDs and DVDs, videos and cassette tapes, magazines and reference books. Prices are reasonable: children’s books are three for a dollar; and prices on other items range from 50 cents to $1. Magazines and patterns go for a dime. Some will be given away, such as Readers Digest condensed books.

On Saturday, buyers can stuff a bag full of goodies for $3. The Friends provide the bags.

Proceeds from the sale go toward projects and items that the library needs but can’t buy through its regular budget, Phillips said. The Friends and library staff are starting to save for a new bookmobile that will cost well over $100,000, although that purchase is a few years away.

“There are times when we’ve contributed $5,000 from the book sale,” Phillips said. “It used to go for the frills but now the necessities. I like that better.”