Turning a page on another successful event, the Friends of the Library book sale attracted hundreds of shoppers to the Harker Heights Activities Center on Nov. 4. Many people showed up early to browse through rows of used books, videos/DVDs and games piled on 20 tables featuring classics, romance and sci-fi to young adult and historical novels.
The goal was to raise about $1,500, said Vivian Marschik, president of the organization.
“The money goes to the library’s children’s programs, which included adding a new, whimsical reading area earlier this year,” she said. The Friends of the Library is an organization of volunteers that provide library services and community programs.
Prices ranged from 50 cents for paperbacks to $1 for a hardback.
Hard-to-find Christian suspense is a favorite of Tarym Martin, who walked out with an armload.
“The books are cheap and usually are in great condition,” Martin said.
This biannual event — another sale is held in the spring — takes a small army of volunteers and library staff to set up the tables and books the day before, plus they work in shifts during the sale.
Four students with the Eastern Hills Middle School Builders’ Club, sponsored by the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club, stayed busy stacking books and carrying bags to customers’ cars.
Rece Wilson, 13, and Amaariya Green, 13, enjoyed their first sale assisting in every way they could.
“I’ve seen books I’ve never seen before, and that is interesting to me,” Green said.
Working with different age groups was a rewarding experience for Wilson.
“Whole families are here today from young kids to older people, so it’s fun helping them find certain types of books,” he said.
All leftover items are donated to other organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Families in Crisis and local hospitals.
Christina Bennett, a fifth-grade teacher at Harker Heights Elementary School, bought chapter books and picture books for her students.
“I love the selection, and told some other teachers to come here,” Bennett said.
Finding a treasure trove of how-to manuals, like basic electrical wiring and masonry work, Albert Johnson said it was like an early Christmas present.
“I’m buying the set for only $10; can’t beat that,” Johnson said.