A big deal

Published 12:51 am Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today marks the last day of the Friends of the Brown Library book sale. The remains of over 25,000 donated books are scattered across the Washington Civic Center, awaiting the last minute buyers. Those last minute buyers just might be getting the best deal of all: “Fill-Our-Bag-for-$5.”

From noon until 3 p.m. on this last day of the sale, anyone can walk in, take the provided bag, stuff as many books in the bag as they possibly can, and walk out having paid a shocking $5 for a—depending on your reading habits—a couple of days-, weeks-, months-, years-worth of reading material.

It’s for a good cause, too. By shopping at the sale, you’re helping the library. A city-owned facility, it too has felt the tightening of the budget belt over the past few years. Five dollars spent at this annual volunteer-run fundraiser means an extra $5 for programming, equipment, basic supplies the library might not be able to afford.

In the real-world, that translates to reading programs for children, new computer equipment, more and more books.

So take this opportunity to try a different form of recycling today—literary recycling. A gently-used book is just as good as a new one.

Pass it on.