More than 90,000 books available at Houston’s Old Book Sale

awoolen@macon.comMay 1, 2013 

  • If you go

    What: Houston County Friends of the Library Old Book Sale
    When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
    Where: Georgia Building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry
    Cost: $5 Thursday; free Friday and Saturday; half-price books Saturday More information: 923-0128

Book lovers will have another chance to find bargains as the Houston County Friends of the Library Old Book Sale returns Thursday through Saturday.

Held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, there will be more than 90,000 books to choose from.

Among the shelves are some rarities such as a 1948 edition of “The Little Red Hen” and a 1929 edition of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen.

The book sale raises money for libraries in Houston County. In the eight years of the sale, the Friends of the Library has donated more than $200,000.

Last year, the fundraiser garnered more than $50,000.

“It grows every year,” organization Vice President Pam Yates said.

The volunteers work year-round to sort and package books for this sale.

During the three-day event, Yates estimated about 75 volunteers would be needed to help with the sale. Local Girl Scouts and Beta Clubs help out as well, carrying books to customers’ vehicles.

“We’ve got the books; we just need more bodies,” she said.

Books that Yates has seen grow in popularity include those in the vampire and paranormal section. This year the Friends of the Library has packed up 43 boxes full of fangs and ghosts.

Other popular sections include mystery, cookbooks and fantasy.

Since the library now has a book store that sells the more worn-out books at the old post office on Davis Drive, it makes room for newer books to sell at the book sale.

In all, 3,000 boxes will be delivered to the fairgrounds to be sold during the three days.

For first look at the books, the sale starts Thursday with a $5 admission. Friday and Saturday are free. All books on Saturday are half price.

“Everyone knows what to do now,” Yates said.

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