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Books are a hit at sale

April 23, 2009|By Ruth Longoria

It was another successful fundraiser for the La Cañada Public Library last weekend as the library’s semi-annual book sale came off bigger and better than ever, according to Rosemary Hook, president of the Friends of La Cañada Flintridge Public Library.

This year, the event was a four-day sale, instead of the traditional three days, with an added members-only sale on Wednesday.

“The sale went very well. We met our goal and raised a lot of money for the library,” Hook said.

Funds raised at the sale go to help pay for large print books, books on tape, and children’s books and programs. “When the county budget is used up, we supplement,” Hook said.

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Although the sale is barely over, Hook is already planning for the next sale, which will be in October. It will, again be a four-day sale, she said, adding, “Having it for four days was better because everyone was more relaxed and it gave the members something extra.”

But, although members got the first look Wednesday at books — which sold for $1 each, except for special purchases — the fun wasn’t all over on the last day of the sale. On Saturday, a special buck-a-bag sale allowed readers to stack as many books as they could in a shopping bag for only one dollar.

That was a great way to buy books, said 11-year-old La Crescenta Elementary School student Rikki Choi, who purchased several books with her dad, Charlie Choi. “I love reading,” Rikki said, adding, “It’s interesting and you can learn new stuff.”

Paige Harris, 12, a student at Rosemont Middle School, also found several new adventures in the pages of the several books she selected at the sale. “I mainly like young adult fiction, and there are a lot of good books here,” she said.

As patrons sorted through the many tables filled with an assortment of books, retired reference librarian Eric Goldberg and fellow-volunteer Bob Knight collected dollar bills from pleased purchasers.

Erica Rudnick and her daughter, Alexandra, 12, a student at Five Acres School in Altadena, said they were excited about the many fine books they found at the sale. “I found one for everyone in my class,” Alexandra said, adding, “I’m sure glad there are only 12 students in my class.”


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