Avid readers anticipate annual book sale

Publications sold by the pound at weekend 'Bibliomaniac' event

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— Books will be sold by the pound 50 cents a pound to be exact this weekend at Bud Werner Memorial Library's two-day "Bibliomaniac" Book Sale at the Depot Arts Center.

Readers will get to sift through almost 6,000 books from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

"A screaming success," said library worker Chris Hermann of the sale, which is in its 15th year. "It's as varied as there are genre; all the mothers and fathers who have little kids are going. Maybe someone who's a real Civil War buff will go screaming over to that section and someone who's into romance will go to that section."

Some of the newer books will be priced at anywhere from $3 to $5, with the rest covered under the 50-cent price. Last year's sale raised close to $4,000 from the sale of books donated by the community as well as excess copies from the library's collection.

"People here read a lot, it's a community of avid readers," said library director Chris Painter. "They collect and buy a lot of books, so they, in turn, when they no longer have shelf space, or when they're moving, doing spring cleaning, they're thrilled to be able to donate books to the library. It's amazing the volume of things that can be donated to the library."

Painter said that newer, current books those on The New York Times' Bestseller List and books by well-loved authors generally sell quickest. The bulk of the proceeds will go into expanding the library's collection, she said.

Members of the Friends of the Library program will get an extra hour before the Saturday opening to browse through the books; non-members can join the program as late as 6 p.m. on Friday to get the extra hour.

"Get there early and allow yourself ample browsing time," Painter said. "It can take a long time to look through such a huge inventory. Plan on spending some time."

Volunteers are welcome to help set up on Thursday or Friday by calling 879-0240.

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