Houston County Old Book Sale returns this weekend

awoolen@macon.comApril 30, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Boxes were stacked along the walls of the former North Davis Drive post office last week as volunteers got ready for crunch time.

In less than a week, the books needed to be put into groups for the Houston County Friends of the Library Old Book Sale at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

So far, about 25 volunteers have helped to get this year’s sale ready. More than 60 volunteers are needed during the three-day event, which starts Thursday and ends Saturday.

Pam Yates, Friends of the Library vice president, said the sale will have about 90,000 books available for purchase.

Books are sorted into sections by number and are placed in boxes to be transported on pallets to the fairgrounds. About 60 to 65 pallets will be taken from the storage facility at the old post office to Perry.

“It looks like chaos, but it is organized chaos,” Yates said, wearing a blue shirt stating, “I randomly quote Jane Austen,” on the front.

Some books, like a ledger from the 1800s, will be donated to a genealogy society. Another book, which is about Robins Air Force Base, will be given to the Nola Brantley Memorial Library.

Unusual and older books will be in a special place during the sale. Some of those books include a large collection on many aspects of Freemasonry with the 1932 and 1933 proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Macon.

Books about Georgia and its history along with children’s books from the 1920s will also be available.

The sale also has a large number of romance novels, mystery and other kinds of fiction.

Since 2005, the Friends of the Library has donated $248,568 to the Houston County Public Library System.

Usually the sale will attract 2,500 people who travel from as far away as Miami.

Last year, the sale had rain the last day, but that didn’t stop people from shopping.

“It rained, and they came pouring in,” Yates said.

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