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Book Sale Nets Huge Profit For Wake Libraries

Posted January 6, 2006 3:07 a.m. EST

— The Wake County Public Libraries' book sale in November produced the second-highest gross revenue in the history of the event.

More than 280,000 books that had been donated or removed from library shelves were sold, generating more than $112,000 in revenue. Proceeds from the sale are used to help determine the library system's book budget for the upcoming year.

Of the books sold, about 55,000 were redirected to the public school system and to other Wake County agencies at no cost prior to the public sale. Fewer than 20,000 volumes remained at the end of the sale and have been recycled.

The book sale is run by volunteers, who spend the whole year helping to sort and pack the books for the four-day event each fall.