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Library will sell more than 6000 books for fundraiser

NORTHUMBERLAND — From Sci-fi to stir-fry, cookbooks, more than 6,000 books divided into myriad categories will be on sale beginning this morning at the annual Priestley-Forsyth Library book sale, conducted by the Friends of the Priestley Library.

This year the sale will be held in the community room at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Third and Queen streets, in Northumberland Borough. The sale runs through Saturday.

Through the book sale, the Friends group is able to donate money and items to the Library, said Nancy Hartman, a coordinator with the Friends. 

“We are supporters of the various children’s activities, organized by Kim King,” Hartman said. “We donated money to purchase a machine that allows the staff and children to create many crafts and signs for their activities.  We purchased a microwave for the staff; donated money to the borough when we used their facility for our book storage and sale;  the drop box in front of the library; signs on the street to highlight our location.” 

King said the sale is very important to the Library and to her department in particular. “The money earned does help support many of our activities as well. Beyond that the sale allows us to weed out the collection we have and to get new books donated by people in the community.” 

Patrons who are members of the Friends group may shop today 10 a.m.-12 noon, before the official opening of the sale.  “Anyone who is not a member may become a member for $10 at that time and shop at the early bird session,” Hartman said. And that includes dealers, who can pay $10 to shop during the early bird session.

A bag of books will cost $20.  Priced individually, hardcovers are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents. 

Some categories of books available during the sale include: fiction, history, travel, reference, religion, pets, self-help, cookbooks,

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