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Used book sale to benefit library

Bridget Manley

— Fiction. Nonfiction. Western. Sci-Fi.

Name any genre, and it will probably be there.

The price? Fifty cents per pound.

A bibliophile’s dream come true, the Friends of the Library book sale offers a hodgepodge of reading tastes. The sale is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at the Centennial Mall.

‘It’s great for the library and it’s great for the community,” Moffat County Libraries director Donna Watkins said. “It’s a win-win for everybody.”

Watkins also is the secretary and treasurer for Friends of the Library. She has helped organize the book sale for 10 years.

Proceeds from the sale go to the Friends of the Library, which supports the Moffat County Libraries by purchasing incentives for its summer reading program and supplying various other library needs.

“Without the book sales, our summer reading program would be almost nonexistent,” the library director said.

Response to past book sales have been “incredible,” Watkins said, and this year she expects the same. She anticipates 250 to 300 shoppers at Friday’s sale alone.

A staggering number of used books – approximately four tons worth – will be available for shoppers.

The selection will include donations from Moffat County residents as well as books “weeded out” of the library’s collection.

Predicting the most popular genres remains as difficult as anticipating what kinds of books will be donated.

“Some years, we’ll only have fiction,” Watkins said. “Other years, we’ll have only nonfiction. We can’t tell what’s going to sell.”

The shoppers, Watkins said, are almost as varied as the books.

While members of the younger set may gravitate more to science fiction, “Some customers won’t read anything but westerns,” Watkins said.

Occasionally, a mother home schooling her children will come to the sale and leave with boxes of books.

The strangest request received by the Friends of the Library was from a man who wanted every available Readers’ Digest condensed book the organization had on hand.

“He wanted to saw off the spines and paste them onto a Murphy bed in his hunting cabin,” Watkins said.

The Friends of the Library did its best to comply.

When the sale is over, Watkins said she and her husband will distribute part of what’s left to veterans’ homes in Colorado as well as local nursing homes.

The nursing home residents, she added, “are absolutely delighted to see the books come.”

Friends of the Library may also send any other remaining books to charitable organizations.

Whatever the case, Watkins said she doesn’t worry about ever running out of books for the next sale.

“We have a never-ending supply (of donated books) on our doorstep,” Watkins said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or

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