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Bargain book hunters can choose from 60,000 titles in Pa.

Friends of Legal Services Book Sale gears up at Wilson College

Friends of Legal Services Book Sale gears up at Wilson College

May 02, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A few thousand bargain hunting bibliophiles will be roaming through 60,000 books beginning today at the 24th annual Friends of Legal Services Book Sale at Wilson College.

On Thursday, volunteers unloaded 1,367 boxes of boxes into Laird Hall where they will be up for sale at low prices beginning at 9 this morning.

"What's really cool is coming in here at 9 o'clock this morning and the tables are empty after a while, you turn around and see this," said volunteer Don Marritz.

"This" was table after table of tomes listed under scores of categories: Supernatural, occult, horror, science fiction, fantasy mystery, true crime, espionage, sports, biographies, children's books and histories covering a few thousand years to name just a few.

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There are so many books this year that not all of them will be on display at once. There just is not enough room until some get sold, said Carolyn Carter, a former Legal Services staff attorney. More books will be added as room becomes available, she said.

"A lot of used book dealers come to the sale because the prices are so low," Carter said. "Most of the paperbacks are just 50 cents each."

Thousands of hardbacks in good to excellent condition with prices a fraction of retail are available, along with some collectibles that can be purchased at silent auction. One is an 1898 printing of an address Abraham Lincoln gave in 1842.

From "Terrific Tomatoes" and "Lawn Mower Repair" to the works of authors immortal and unknown, just about every topic is represented.

"They were donated books and we don't know who donated them," volunteer Nathan Heckman said of the antique volumes. Books are donated throughout the year and stored at a warehouse at Letterkenny Army Depot, Carter said.

The money raised by this event will benefit Franklin County Legal Services, 80 N. Second St., which provides legal representation and advice to low-income individuals and families on a range of civil matters. MidPenn Legal Services, 230 Lincoln Way East, which provides emergency representation for issues such as loss of income, shelter or medical care, will also receive part of the proceeds.

The sale will run until 9 tonight; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday is also Bargain Bag Day, said Carter. A grocery bag filled with books, tapes or other items is only $5. Buy three bags and the fourth is free, she said.

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