Voracious readers eat up deals at annual book sale

PARKERSBURG – People were looking for something good to read as many came out to the first day of the 64th annual Trinity Used Book Sale in downtown Parkersburg.

Thousands and thousands of different titles were available with many categories including classic literature, fiction, non-fiction, westerns, romance, science fiction, mysteries, reference and textbooks.

People throughout the community regularly donate to the sale held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 430 Juliana St. and they are also the ones who come to the sale along with so many throughout the community, said Diane Hensley of the Trinity Episcopal Women’s Group, which organizes the sale every year.

“The sales have been going very well,” she said. “The variety of books and the sheer number of books make it a fun event for people to come to.

“Where else can you go and find a book on practical navagation for yachting and how to improve your life in 10 easy steps?”

The church uses the money it makes from the sale to contribute to a number of different organizations, including the West Virginia Youth Foundation, Sumner School Tutoring, Parkersburg Day Nursery, the Salvation Army, Horizons, the Gustke Youth Crisis Center, Old Man River, the Good Samaritan Clinic, the American Red Cross and others. It contributes half the money made in the sale to the organizations and the other half goes to Trinity for its programs.

The book sale will be open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today through Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday. On Thursday and Friday, book prices will be cut in half and Saturday will feature bags of books for $1.

Lunch will be served on the first four days of the sale from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale and Christmas gift sale in the church’s library during the first couple of days of the sale.

Craig Frazier of Wood County said he and his wife are regular attendees of the sale.

“We come every year,” he said. “It is a good place to pick up a good book.”

Together they usually will pick up 15-20 titles.

“The money goes to a good cause,” Frazier said. “It is a good chance to pick up some good books at a reasonable price.

“It is a nice place to be.”

People regularly come to the sale each day it is going on in hopes of finding something they might have missed, Hensley said.

“The interesting thing is that people know to come day after day because so many books are still hidden in stacks of books and haven’t been brought out where people can readily see them,” she said. “I have woorked this for many years and every year on the last day, I usually will find a book that I have been looking for.

“You just have to come back a lot and see what is available.”

They have regularly gotten people come in from used book stores looking for inventory, people interested in a particular genre, people involved in home schooling and individuals just seeing what is available and what peaks their interest.

“It is really a great event for the community because the funds that are collected from these books go back out into the community and helping all sorts of organizations,” Hensley said. “As usual, it is a wonderful event.

“This is a Parkersburg institution.”

Mary Ann Murray of Cutler, Ohio, has a love of reading.

“I just love books,” she said. “There are a lot of books here.”

Murray already had three books ready to buy, but she was on the lookout for more.

“I am still looking,” she said.