By Frank Kourt
Treasure hunters of a literary bent descended on the annual Friends of the Madison County Public Library book sale at the Richmond Mall on Thursday. They were seeking bargains on books, CDs and DVDs as well as VHS and cassette tapes.
Thousands of volumes, some “retired” from the library but most donated, were on display in the former DEB clothing store in the mall.
“I think this is the largest sale we’ve ever had,” said Friends President Kara Beth Brunner, adding that the annual sale is a 20-plus year tradition. She said two large truckloads of books were delivered by volunteers from the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store in their trucks.
Brunner noted there was a larger than usual selection of children’s and young adult books for this year’s sale.
With such low prices as $1 for hardback books and 50 cents for paperbacks; children’s hardbacks 50 cents and children’s paperbacks 25 cents; plus CDs and DVDs for 50 cents; and VHS tapes and cassettes for 25 cents, business was brisk.
With the help of volunteers from the Friends of the Library and other community groups, including women from the Madison County Cooperative Extension Homemakers, the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, the Boy Scouts and others, the books were delivered, stacked and categorized. Categories range from fiction and biographies, to travel, business, history, religion and many more.
Proceeds from the sale will go toward support of the public library’s summer reading program and a variety of its other programs and initiatives.
Jalane Anderson of Frankfort said this was the third such sale she has attended, seeking cookbooks and volumes on clocks, gardening, religion and general non-fiction.
Bobbie Carmichael of Richmond, a movie lover, was busy perusing DVDs and VHS tapes, while James Baker of Richmond was busy seeking books on health, politics and business.
The sale, with hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., continues through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday is the bag sale, in which buyers pay $2 for all the books they can fit into bags provided at the sale.
The event still needs volunteers to work through the end of the sale, and anyone interested in volunteering can call Ruthie Maslin at 623-6704.