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Library sponors annual booksales

Sept. 24, 1996

Library sponors annual booksale

By Russell Reneau

Lariat Reporter

The Friends of Waco-McLennan County Library will hold its 34th annual booksale in October to support local public libraries.

The sale features more than 65,000 books as well as records and audio and video tapes.

'It is kind of like a treasure hunt,' said Janet Sheets, reference librarian at Jesse H. Jones Library. 'There are so many books and so many different kinds of books that you never know what you are going to get.'

The sale will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 with a silent auction. Twenty-four valuable volumes will be up for bid. The auction list is available at local libraries and includes the Armstrong Browning Library by Jack Herring with an inscription by former Baylor President Abner V. McCall; a 1923 edition of The Round-Up; the inaugural edition of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy; and other volumes valued from $30 to $900.

'The sale provides enhancements beyond what is provided by city resources,' Pamela Bonnell, library director, said.

Last year the sale contributed $32,000 to help the libraries, Bonnell said.

Two hundred to 250 volunteers are needed to help with the sale. Anyone wishing to help should call Judy Hurst, volunteer coordinator at the Waco Central Library, at 750-5974.

'Baylor students have always been vital [to the sale],' Hurst said. 'We need students who want to help the citizens of the community.'

General sale prices offer hardcover and large softcover books for $1, records and tapes for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. An area designated as 'The Corner' will feature an assortment of individually priced books and records.

Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for families on Thursday, but admission is free for the rest of the weekend. All proceeds benefit local library services.

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