Avid readers turn out for benefit book sale

PARKERSBURG – Many book lovers from around the area supported the Parkersburg/Wood County Public Library this weekend by purchasing about 4,000 used and donated books during the semi-annual book sale, organizers said.

“It was packed on Friday,” said Charlotte Corbitt, with Friends of the Library. “It was standing room only for most of the weekend.”

The event is held in the lower level of the library at 3100 Emerson Ave. twice a year with an inventory of mostly donated books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs with the intent to raise funds for the library.

“We have done this twice a year – each spring and fall – since 1971 to help the library offer more services to the community,” Corbitt said.

The first few hours of this spring’s sale saw about 2,000 books purchased on Friday alone with the expectation of another 2,000 having been sold on Saturday. Organizers expected the huge number of books to be sold on the second day because prices were cut to a bag filled with books at $1 and a box of books at $4.

While the selection available at this and most of the Friends of the Library book sales includes numerous titles of fiction and non-fiction, reference books, cookbooks and craft books for all ages, one category stood out from the rest on Friday.

“A lot of all different kinds of books were taken, but the children’s books were the most popular,” Corbitt said. “People walked out with bags and boxes full of children’s books, which is great.”

The majority of the books, audiobooks, movies and music sold in the sale were donated by the public. A number of the books were recent titles.

“A lot of people love to read and buy books and when they are done with the book they have nothing else to do with it, so they bring it to us,” Corbitt said. “We appreciate all of those people.”

People who would like to donate to the next sale in October can bring their gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks and CDs to the back door of the main branch and ring the buzzer.

“We don’t do a big book drive, per say,” Corbitt said. “We just gladly accept donations all year long at the back door of the library.”

The Friends’ fundraising goal for this spring sale was $3,000 to help support the major programs at the library as well smaller projects, including the children’s summer reading program and new equipment in the children’s library.