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May 1, 2014

Library book sale begins tomorrow

NORTH ANDOVER — The Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library will hold a book sale this weekend.

Arthur Larson, a former library trustee and who is co-chairman of the sale, estimated that as many as 10,000 items will be on sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A section devoted to fiction has books organized alphabetically, by authors’ names. If you’re a science fiction aficionado, there’s a special section for sci-fi titles.

The nonfiction works are organized into a variety of categories, including history, biography, science, religion, cooking, sports, self-help, travel and just about everything else one can imagine.

The operation is “as good as a retail store,” said Mary Ellen Osgood, a retired high school teacher and one of the veteran organizers of the sale.

The books have been donated by townspeople, Larson said. A group of six or seven volunteers have been meeting every Friday to sort these contributions for the sale, Osgood said.

When the Friends held a sale last fall, they raised $7,000 for the library, Osgood said. Over the years, the organization has purchased shelves for the children’s room, doors for the shelves in the rotunda reading room that store genealogical books and a refrigerator for the staff, among other things, she said.

The hours of the sale are Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. A silent auction, where 50 “select books” will be on sale, will take place at 3 p.m., Larson said. The minimum price will be $10, he said.

The bargain day will be Sunday, when a bag of books will cost $5. The prices during most of the sale will be $2 for hardcovers, $1 for paperbacks. Children’s books will be sold for $1 for hardcovers, 50 cents for paperbacks.

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