By Rose Luna

Killeen Daily Herald

Thousands of books will be available at bargain prices Saturday to benefit the Killeen Daily Heralds Newspapers in Education program.

The ninth annual book sale offers literature of all varieties, including textbooks, romance, military, full sets of encyclopedias, mystery, magazines, religion, classics and childrens books. Popular authors such as Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Louis LAmour and Michael Crichton can be found, among many others.

Rebecca Inge, NIE coordinator, said the books have been pouring in from various local organizations as well as members of the community since April.

Volunteers and KDH staff have already donated numerous hours of their time in preparation for this years sale. The primary focus is to make each shoppers experience pleasant and effortless.

This year all of the books will be in specific categories, Inge said.

Categories include fiction, non-fiction, self-help, parenting, text/learning, religion, military, cooking, crafts and childrens books.

The NIE program allows teachers to use newspapers daily in their classrooms as an education tool. More than 350 teachers in the Copperas Cove, Killeen, Gatesville, Lampasas and Florence school districts are currently enrolled in the program.

NIE also provides educational supplements and curriculum assistance.

The main goal of the program is to support literacy in the community whether its providing tools in the classroom or quality literature to eager readers through the book sale, said Inge.

Every last penny earned from Saturdays sale will go to sponsor the NIE program.

Our goal is to earn $5,000 this year. That would be excellent, said Holly Thurman, NIE coordinator.

The book sale was started in 1997 as a fundraiser for a literacy project and to recognize National Literacy Day on Sept. 8.

Along with an excellent selection of literature, NIE will provide a childrens entertainment area that will include puppet shows and Teresa Hough of the Bell County Reading Council reading childrens books.

The prices start at as little as 25 cents to $20 for a set of encyclopedias. During the first hour of the sale, early birds can benefit from the buy one, get one free special.

The sale will start at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot behind Killeen Daily Herald on Florence Road.

Hamburgers and drinks will be available for a donation.

Books are still being accepted along with volunteers for the sale. For more information on the book sale, or the NIE program, call Inge or Thurman at 501-7558.

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