ALLIANCE − Frances Brotherton of New Franklin has five sons who love to read.
The oldest is 10 years old. The youngest is 2 years old.
Brotherton, supporting his children’s passion, bought 325 books for $65 on Sunday at the Friends of Rodman Library used book sale at Alliance.
This is after she bought 250 books there for $50 on Saturday. And she plans to buy more as the five-day sale continues through Wednesday.
“I hope to have a lending library one day,” she said.
Mount Union players boost Friends book sales
Her family discovered the book sale last year and, she said Sunday, “It’s like our favorite book sale now. We all love to read.”
The sale, which kicked off Saturday, is taking place at the Alliance Neighborhood Center and attracts buyers from across the Northeast region of the United States. During the remainder of the sale, hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event takes place during the first days of the Grand Alliance Carnation Festival.
Barbara Burley, president of the Friends of Rodman library and event organizer, said this year’s sale drew people from as far away as Georgia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
“We have a wide choice,” she said.
Burlery estimated that this year’s sale contains more than 10,000 books spread across five rooms and two hallways in the Neighborhood Center. She credited Mount Union University football players for helping with the setup last month.
“If someone walks away and doesn’t find anything, they haven’t looked hard enough,” Burley said.
Books cost 25 cents per children’s book, or five for $1; paperbacks are 50 cents each; hardcover books are $1; magazines run 12 for $1; and compact discs and digital video discs cost $1.
Prices for collectibles vary.
have different prices.
“You can’t buy five books for $1. They have an amazing collection,” Brotherton said.
Books are available in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Cookbooks, Graphic Novels, Amish, Large Print, Young Adult, Classics, and Children’s Books. There are also military, sports and religious books.
“Because we’re homeschooling, we also look at the classics and collect them,” she said. “We all want to have them. I love (book selling). It’s the best.”
Burley said the sale is a fundraiser that helps fund a variety of programs at the Rodman Library, including summer reading initiatives and computer purchases. He raises about $16,000 every year.
Brotherton said she plans to return for Wednesday’s book sale finale, which allows shoppers to come in, fill bags and donate.
“They can come in, fill as many bags as they want, and give us whatever they have in their hearts…or in their wallets,” Burley said. “We are quite busy that day.”
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