Browse and buy books for the benefit of Friends

Published 9:53 am Tuesday, March 7, 2017

If you’re in the mood for a good book, a cheap book, a nice book, a slightly used book, a rare book, a popular book or a little bit of all of the above, then you just might be in luck. Stop by your local Nederland library for a gander at all they have for sale.

The Friends of the Library are holding their annual book sale at the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library starting today at 10 a.m. The sale will go on through the week, ending from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“It runs the gauntlet,” Ann Murphy, president of the Friends, said of the variety of books that would be on sale.

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“We’ve had signed books, first editions, hardcovers — one year I found a 1957 Nancy Drew. It can be anything.”

The wide and varied selection of books are a result of the wide and varied sorts of people who donate specifically for the book sale.

“You never know,” Murphy said. “People drop in. Somebody dies and someone picks up those books and donates them. We’ve had cookbooks, quilting books — the year ‘The Help’ came out, we had seven copies of it. Everyone was excited and they had bought it; then, they had finished it and donated it to us.”

Murphy described the sorting process as opening a surprise box every time.

“It’s exciting; you never know what you’re going to find.”

Murphy said she loves reading and the simple act of finding a book, sitting down and reading it.

All proceeds generated from the sale go to the Friends and, from there, to their efforts to help out the Hughes Library.

“We help support summer reading programs and the many gifts and incentives for adults, teens and children,” Murphy said, when listing some of the various things the group does. “In past years, we’ve given iPads and Kindles to teens; and the adults, they usually get gift cards and things like that.”

“We’ve donated a blank $500 check (to the library) just to purchase books with,” Murphy said. “We just give what we think is beneficial to the library and what they might need.”

And if you’re worried that you might break the bank at the annual book sale — don’t worry; the books are affordably priced.

“Nothing is over a dollar,” Murphy said. “If you buy it and don’t like it, you know you didn’t waste a fortune. And if you bought it and liked it, you can keep it or pass it to a friend.”

According to her, perennial favorites seemed to be Westerns and books by Danielle Steel and James Patterson. However, the apparent trend for this year would be sports books as Murphy said they had received many of them during this year’s drive.

“And we have very nice books. Most books have dust covers,” Murphy said. “Most people who donate them are people who love books.”