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Treasures in every box at Blue Ridge Summit book sale

July 17, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • Tom Nicodemus, left, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Dawn Hawbecker, of Greencastle, Pa., look through boxes of books for sale Saturday at the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library's 37th annual fundraising event.
Dana Brown, Staff Writer

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. -- With empty boxes, bags and totes in hand, area bookworms squirmed as they waited for the opening of the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library's 37th annual book sale Saturday.

"People were in line at 9 a.m. salivating," library board member Duke Martin of Fairfield, Pa., said.

"We tell them not to slobber on the books," he added with a laugh.

The book sale, held in conjunction with an ice cream social, is one of two fundraisers held by the library's board each year to benefit the free library, which serves patrons in four counties in two states.

This year, event organizers expect to raise close to $10,000, Martin said.

PenMar Development Corp. is an underwriting sponsor of the event and contributes a sizable donation each year, Martin said.

Close to 700 book lovers dug through countless boxes filled with "truckloads of books" donated to the library throughout the past year. All were looking for a good find at a good price.

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Book prices ranged from 10 cents to $1.50.

Dawn Hawbecker of Greencastle, Pa., said the book sale offered great bargains. Carrying a tote filled with several books over her arm, and several stacked in her hand, she expected she would end up spending about $20 to $30.

"I am a teacher, so this helps me build my classroom library," Hawbecker said.

The middle school language arts teacher at Grace Academy in Hagerstown said she found several good selections, including picture books to do lessons with and others "to fit everybody's tastes."

"I never expected to find such excellent books," Tom Nicodemus of Blue Ridge Summit said. He already had selected 15 to 20 books and he wasn't done looking.

Jack and Donna Lloyd of Fairfield said they discovered the library's book sale "by accident" a couple of years ago and keep coming back.

"It's a good deal," Donna Lloyd said.

Simone Heurich of Smithsburg had her arms filled with books.

"This is so amazing," she said. "There are treasures in most boxes."

Anna Hall enjoyed some raspberry ice cream while her husband, a former book seller, scouted out books.

Buying books, she said, is "something you can quit, but you never really give up."

"It's one of those things you get in your blood," she said.

Martin said the annual book sale and ice cream social not only supports the library, it is important for the town as well.

"It gives you a sense of community," he said. "It brings people out."

This was also the second year for the event's Great Ice Cream Freeze Off sponsored by Antietam Dairy.

Lynn Martin, book sale chairwoman, said people could pay a dollar to enter their ice cream recipe. The winning concoction would be chosen by Antietam Dairy, she said. Proceeds from the contest entries go to the library.

The contest was an idea she came up with to add to last year's fundraiser. Her creation, called Oreo Mint Fudgemellow, won last year, she said.

"I'm the ice cream eater and she wins the contest," Duke Martin said. "I hate to say it, but it was good."

Heurich summed up the entire event as "delightful."

"An ice cream social ... I mean, it really takes you back in time and kind of erases all the difficulties of the world," she said, "At least for awhile."

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