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Old Book Sale preps at Central City Park


It's that time of the year again. The area's largest book sale is coming to town. The annual Friends of the Library Old Book Sale even has a new home.

Volunteers are busy organizing stacks of books in boxes and on floors. More than 100,000 books are waiting to be sold. Held for the past two years at the Macon Centreplex, the annual Old Book Sale is back at Central City Park.

It's the thrill of knowing that someone will have a good read that has Carla DeJesus coming back to volunteer. It's her fourth year and counting. Every time, she finds something to add to her growing library.

"Oh yes, I thought I had enough of Danielle Steele, but I still see a few that I don't have," she said.

Friends of the Library started the Old Book Sale 46 years ago. Chairman, Andy Newton, believes it's a way to promote literacy and fund the library.

"Last year, we gave 60,000 to the library and we hope to do better this year," Newton said.

Prices start as low as 50 cents. The warehouse is filled from one part of the room to the other. Each section is organized by a volunteer.

More than 250 signed up to help out with the book sale, making sure each spine is easily accessible and read.

There was a scramble to find a new location after the Centreplex was not available, but this warehouse at Central City Park does the job.

"It just has a nice informal atmosphere that they can browse and enjoy participating in this great sale," said Lois McLain, a volunteer of four years.

The book sale moved to the Centreplex for the past two years due to structure problems at its previous home in a building at Central City Park.

This year's sale is in a warehouse on your right as you enter the park.

The Old Book Sale starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday and will end Sunday at 5 p.m.


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