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Wake libraries throw book sale

Posted February 17, 2011

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— The popular annual book sale from Wake County Public Libraries kicks off Thursday.

More than 450,000 hardcovers, paperbacks, children's books and other media will be on sale in the State Fairgrounds' Exposition Center Thursday night through Sunday.

The libraries will also throw an accompanying festival, with a variety of musical performances, dancing, demonstrations of stilt-walking and martial arts, and children's activities.

Organizers said the new site will help relieve crowding issues at the sale, which drew nearly 17,000 shoppers last year.

The sale generates money that goes to the Wake County General Fund and helps set the library system's budget. In the past, the sale has raised nearly $200,000.

This year's sale will run 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Prices start at $4 for hardcovers and $2 for paperbacks and drop throughout the sale.


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  • lettered olive Feb 21, 2011

    I disagree that the new site at the fairgrounds is better. We were there on Saturday and the line was so long we never got in.

  • tobywilliamson58 Feb 17, 2011

    Why not sell the books or give them away instead of throwing the things?? Such a waste!!

  • The Oracle Feb 17, 2011

    "First it's a larger selection than the average thrift store. Second the prices drop each day of the sale."

    and Third, it also goes to a good cause.

  • Glass Half Full Feb 17, 2011

    Great location. Out of towners can visit the flea market and the book sale in one stop. With the potential selection I'd love to come and see what's available.

  • sunneyone Feb 17, 2011

    Gen1, what a great find! Wow. :)

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  • moogies Feb 17, 2011

    'whatsupwiththat' - you maybe need to keep going to the thrift store then. Where can you get a $4 hardback book in good to great condition except at this sale or at a thrift shop? I agree I'd like to see this type of sale helping to support our local libraries. My daughter works in the Wake library system and unfortunately like education, libraries often are at the top of the 'cut money for' lists when states and counties cut back. And like education, libraries can help shape a developing minds of our children, and invigorate the minds of older folks. So I'm all for supporting any efforts to aid in funding our libraries. If you don't think that's a good deal, I'm sorry for you.

  • kikinc Feb 17, 2011

    RALEIGHNATIVE-Some people just like to be miserable. Always have to find something to complain about.

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Feb 17, 2011

    Why do people always have to complain? Just be content that the money spent by Wake County is being recycled back into the libraries. Would you prefer the money to go overseas?

  • Gen1 Feb 17, 2011

    Speaking from experience this sale gives the library extra funds to work with that otherwise they would not have. Better to sale this way then to throw out the books. I have gotten some rare books and also so books that were no longer in print. One year I found a screenplay of "Gone with the Wind" in great condition. Great way to add to your collection and help the library also.