An estimated 70,000 books will go on sale at bargain prices when the 28th annual Friends of Legal Services Book Sale opens its doors at a.m. on Friday, May 11.
The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, in Laird Hall on the Wilson College campus.
“We have almost 30 percent more books than last year,” said Carolyn Carter, a volunteer with the organization. “Just to transport all the books to the sale location and lay them out on the tables will take a crew of 50 volunteers all day. People come to this wonderful event from as far away as Chicago, New York, North Carolina and Texas, and start lining up hours before the doors open.”
The sale also features magazines dated before 1950, sheet music, maps, artwork, CDs, DVDs, videotapes and books on tape. Volunteers will be replenishing the tables with more books throughout the sale.
Volunteers have sorted the books into over 50 categories, including mysteries, children’s books, young adult, romance, science fiction, novels, cookbooks, literature, poetry, sports, military, Civil War, Americana, science fiction, do-it-yourself, home and garden, nature, hobbies, needlework, pets, history, biography, religion, art and architecture, music, supernatural, politics, science, education, large print, Westerns, humor, travel, world cultures, foreign language, computers, women and gender studies, reference, medicine, science and technology, education and business, and many others. Most paperbacks are 50 cents.
Sunday, May 13 is bargain bag day. From noon to 4 p.m. patrons will be able to fill a grocery sack with books of their choice for just $5. After three grocery sacks, the fourth is free. There are usually tens of thousands of books still available on Sunday.
Rare books and collector’s items will be offered for sale by silent reserve auction. Bids will be accepted from the start of the sale through the end of the day on Saturday. There will also be a table of non-bid special books.
“We have a really great selection of rare books and collector’s items this year,” said Ellen Gigliotti, the president of the Friends of Legal Services. “One of the rare books is actually a very unusual set of five Pennsylvania Dutch records. Another is an 1846 local history by I. Daniel Rupp, ‘The History and Topography of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Adams and Perry Counties.’ We are still sorting through the rare books and expect to offer many more, plus sheet music of value, at the sale.”
Proceeds of the sale benefit local non-profit organizations that provide legal services to low-income residents and victims of domestic violence.
A church group will sell lunches and snacks throughout the sale.