Book sale begins this weekend

Book lovers will think they have found nirvana — rows and rows of literature, some in hard cover, some in paperback, all cheaply priced.The Friends of the Howard County Library's annual book sale will be held this weekend, and organizers promise to have something for just about every fan of the written word.Sale hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the library, located at 500 S. Main.Organizers said there are thousands of books — most priced below $4 — for sale, along with books on tape and CD, movies on DVD and even a large selection of jigsaw puzzles.“From all the books I've had to carry in, it seems like we've got about 16 million for sale,” FotL member JoAnn Staulcup said with a laugh. “Seriously, we've got thousands and thousands of books this year … and they're still coming in.Books for the sale came from public donations.The book sale is the FotL's major fundraiser of the year. All funds go to help the library in areas where the county can't provide funds, organizers said.Items purchased thanks to past book sales include furniture, computer equipment and a photocopier. And, when in years where the county's budget has been especially tight, FotL have even purchased books for the library, group members said.Staulcup said book sale prices are 10 cents for most children's books, 50 cents to 75 cents for paperbacks and from $1 to $4 for hardcover editions. “Coffee table” books will be individually priced.For more information, contact the library at 264-2260.