More than 2,000 books, CDs and DVDs were on sale last weekend at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church during the Friends of the Pine Island Library Winter Book Sale.
"We had such a great turnout today," Friends of the Library President Ellen Ballard said. "When I opened the doors at 9: this morning, I thought I was going to be run over - there were probably 200 people waiting to get inside."
The books, thousands of them, come from many different sources. Some are library discards while others are donated by residents specifically for the sale.
Shoppers check out the books available at the sale.
"Our philosophy is to make sure the books and other items are affordable," Ballard said. "We're not looking to make a lot of money. We just want people to be able to purchase the books and to give them a good home."
Prices at the "gently used" book sale were $1 for a hardcover book; $1 for a large paperback and three pocket books for $1. At the end of the sale, unsold books are stored for the December book sale or donated to worthy local charities. At this book sale, towards the end of the day, the Friends of the Library had a "paper bag sale" where people could fill a grocery-sized paper bag with as many books that they can fit for $5.
"Along with books for sale, the Friends raffled off five wonderful baskets from local businesses," Ballard said. "This is a wonderful community event and one that brings Pine Island residents and business people together. They all come to the sale because they share a common love of books.
"We have a great team of volunteers that sort the books during the days leading up to the sale," Ballard continued. "The large selection of hardcover fiction is always popular and books in the arts and music, religion, health and fitness, cookbooks, adult fiction and non-fiction and travel are also popular."
The semi-annual book sale occurs in February and again immediately after Thanksgiving. Islanders can donate "gently used" books.
"If you are wondering what makes a book 'gently used,' it is a book that is in good enough condition for someone else to read," Ballard said.
It is requested that islanders avoid donating magazines or encyclopedias as they are not sold at the book sale. To donate books for the sale, bring them to the desk of the Pine Island Library. Be sure to mark bags or boxes "Friends" or "Book Sale" so the group will be sure to get them.