HANFORD — Hundreds of people lined up Saturday to get their look at nearly 10,000 books up for sale at the Kings County Library.
Books of all subjects and types were available for purchase. Regular books were on sale for $1 while DVDs, CDs and other special items were on sale for $3. Money from the sale goes primarily to supporting various events at the library. The book sale is hold twice every year during the spring and fall.
“There’s a lot of books that people are able to choose from,” said Library Manager Allison Peyton, “We wanted to make sure we had a good selection for people to look through. I think we had a little bit of everything.”
Library employee Maureen Lacey, who has been with the organization for the past five years, helped set up the book sale. She said she loves working for the library and believes the event is a great alternative to bookstores.
“It’s like a festival for hardcore readers,” she said. “With hardly any bookstores around here anymore, it’s a good resource for readers. There’s a wide variety of books to choose from, a lot of them unique and hard to find.”
Lacey said that with many bookstores closed down, there’s been more of a reliance on libraries and the services they provide. She said this leads to large turnouts for book sales like this.
“It’s great to see people still coming down to read and stay interested in reading,” she said.
One of those people was Hanford resident Sherry Stover, who attends the book sale every time the library holds one.
“I love it,” she said. “It’s a great way to share books and your love of books.”
Stover came primarily to look at the children’s books in the hopes of finding a few for her grandchildren. That’s not to say, however, that she didn’t look at the adult books as well.
“I’m looking around whatever catches my interest, really,” she said. “I read every day. I love it because you get to use your imagination.”
Deidre Neal also tries to come every time. She said she’s been attending the event for the past three years.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “The prices are reasonable and the quality is pretty good.”
Neal said she frequently donates books to the library and that she often reads at a fast pace.
“Reading is relaxing to me,” she said. “You get to escape and learn something new. You can never stop learning.”
Neal said she comes to the library often, not only because she enjoys reading, but because it keeps her mind active, which she said is important to her.
“I’m glad the library is still going strong,” she said. “They’re doing great work here. I’m already looking forward to the next book sale.”
The library’s next book sale is scheduled for sometime in October. For more information on the book sale or the library, contact library managers Gail Lucas or Allison Peyton at 582-0261.
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