Friday, February 7, 2020

Bargain Books

Years ago, the newspaper I worked for had an annual book sale for employees. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of books were sent with hopes they would be reviewed. There were way more books than the paper could have possibly accommodated, even with an actual book section on Sundays.

So each year at Christmastime, the books were set on tables in a room in our building and offered at deep discounts. It was chaotic and crowded and the only time I could go was during my 30-minute dinner break. The books were not organized by author or genre, as I recall, so we had to really hunt for the bargains and possibly elbow some co-workers in the process.

Still, the lure of the book sale was undeniable for a bunch of journalists. These were new books! And we could feel good about buying them because all the proceeds went to charity.

I was reminded of this yesterday when I went to a used-book sale at Westlake Porter Public Library. Here the books were organized by genre and arranged alphabetically by author! There also were DVDs and CDs for sale, but I limited my shopping to books. I paid a total of $6 for four books.

Library book sales occur pretty regularly in Greater Cleveland, but I hadn’t been to one in a long time. Yesterday I went to the library to pick up a book I’d put on hold and I couldn’t resist checking out the sale while I was there. FYI, it goes through Sunday.

Check your local library's website or follow the library on social media to find out when it’s having a used-book sale. This month alone, the Cuyahoga County Public Library is putting on sales at three of its branches. Many libraries offer used books and other materials for sale year round. It’s worth taking a peek when you’re there. You never know what you might find.

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