Book bargain bonanza
London Community News
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It was like an all-you-can-eat buffet for book lovers this past weekend (Oct. 19-21). The occasion was the annual fall used book sale, which was hosted by Friends of London Public Library (FLPL), in the Canada Building at Western Fair District.
Up for grabs were thousands of used book, DVD’s, videos, magazines and CD’s in every genre from hardcover biographies and children’s books to paperback romance novels, at what many local readers refer to as the sale of the year.
Don Menard, used book sale co-ordinator for FLPL, said the annual event is a way for the library to clear its shelves of old and outdated materials to make way for new inventory. By Sunday morning (Oct. 21), Menard estimates more than a thousand people had been through the doors and judging by the comments he heard, “People seem to be happy to be here and really pleased that the sale exists.”
In 2011, the used book sale raised approximately $37,000 that the FLPL used to support and enhance existing library programs — ones like those pertaining to both new Canadian and children’s literacy initiatives.
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