Friday, May 7, 2010
Library Book Sales
What do you guys think about library book sales? Do you look for multiple or do you stick with your own local library? Personally, I just discovered the amazingness that are library book sales last week! My local library has a little room with an ongoing book sale but I didn't know that most libraries held annual book sales that are HUGE! Most books range from .25-1.00 (for hardcovers) and some libraries will let you fill up a bag or a book for a fixed sum ($5-$10). Some book sales hold up to 10,00 books! While most are 3,000-5,000-still, that is a LOT of books!
It's great because the libraries are a little desperate to get rid of all these books and you're donating to the library by helping them out! This is so important right now, especially in New Jersey where I live, because our governor cut library budgets by over 70%-that's ridiculous! Statistics show that libraries are being used for than ever! They provide people with great books, music, movies, help with employment, and technology. And people of all statues, genders, cultures find something in their libraries-so why cut the budget so much...not to mention cutting the education budgets just along side that. I mean really, if I may, WTF?!
Excuse my tangent, anyway, how long do you usually plan to stay at book sales? Do you have a limit in which to spend? Do you bring your own bags? Do you search through everything or just skip to the sections you like-i.e. YA, Romance, Fiction, etc...I found some things in the fiction section (which I normally skip) that I think I'll really enjoy! I like travel narratives, which I never really indulgence in-it's almost like I forget I like them sometimes with all the YA reviewing/keeping up, and I found some great ones! That's another thing, too, if you find something you even think you might like it's completely affordable to just pick it up without all the debate (should I really spend $15 on a book?)! And you might even LOVE something you found but didn't think you would like!
So what do you guys think? Any thoughts? Tips? Advice?
Happy Reading (and Rummaging!)!