A book lover’s bounty.
Books on everything from art to zoology were on sale at Southworth Library this week as Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries held the first of their two annual book sales.
The sale, which also takes place in October, raises funds that the organization uses to fund library programs and provide libraries with passes to area attractions and museums.
Elizabeth Nichols, board member of the Friends of Dartmouth Libraries, said all of the books for the event were donated by members of the community and sold for between 50 cents and $2.
“So it raises funds for the programs, but it also allows people to come in and browse the eclectic collection,” she said.
Nichols said Friends accept all kinds of books except encyclopedias and textbooks, and donations are sorted into categories by volunteers when they arrive.
“Just sorting through books is a full-time job,” she said.
Blair Walker, who also sits on the board, said the sale typically brings in between $5,000 and $6,000.
By the middle of the third day of the four-day sale, the total had reached $4,000.
Walker said that while the friends didn’t have an exact count of how many books were sold, the empty boxes that held them were stacked floor to ceiling in one of the library’s back rooms.
“So we’re really pushing the books,” she said.
The last day of the Spring Sale is Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.