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Readers bag books

April 29, 2006|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA.

Bill Butt called his love of books an addiction Friday evening.

He already had filled at least two bags with books and was turning the pages of another history book.

Butt placed that one on top of another growing stack he said he planned to purchase.

The Shepherdstown resident visited the Friends of Shepherdstown Library's annual book sale during Friday's reception at War Memorial Building. The sale will continue through Sunday.

At least 30 people were gathering hardbacks for $2 and 50-cent paperbacks within the first 30 minutes of the reception. Some books were also specially priced.

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All of the books were donated to the group, which gives all of the proceeds to the library.

Butt said he also donated books to the sale.

"I just try not to buy something I brought," he said.

Lee Baumgarten, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said he attended to the book sale a few years ago, and decided this year that he would arrive first, to get a better selection.

"You get better books," he said.

Mina Goodrich and Peter Smith, the event's co-chairs, said the selection at this year's sale - the fifth annual sale for the group - had higher quality books than in previous years.

Goodrich said the proceeds would most likely go toward reading and children's programs at the library.

Last year's sale raised nearly $5,000.

"That was a banner year for us," she said.

Smith said there were several dealers at the sale on its first day.

Bonnie Justice and her husband, Archie, own a bookstore, and said they were buying books for themselves and some to sell in their shop.

They already had several boxes filled with books they planned to buy within 20 minutes of arriving at the sale.

"It's a great sale," Bonnie Justice said. "It's very organized. We come every year."

While some were filling boxes and bags with books, David Jamieson, of Shepherdstown, and his wife, Susan Abbott-Jamieson, were taking their time and looking for only a few books.

He was eyeing a political book, and she was looking for cheap paperbacks to read during her daily commute into Silver Spring, Md.

The sale will continue today and Sunday.

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