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A Bookworm's Delight

Posted November 15, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— This weekend provides an embarrassment of riches for Triangle booklovers. Two large sales of used books will be held in Raleigh and in Chapel Hill.

So many titles to scan, so little time! Or at least that's how it feels to inveterate booklovers. The sales run all weekend, but somehow the pressure is on to find those jewels hidden among thousands of other volumes.

In Raleigh, the Wake County Public Library is holding its sale at the Brendle's Building in the Kidds HIll Shopping Plaza, right behind Crabree Shopping Center on Creedmoor Road. Doors open tonight at 6 p.m. More than 188,000 volumes will tempt customers. Admission is free. Tonight hardbacks will cost $4 and paperbacks $1. Saturday they will be $2 and 50 cents, and $5 for a box of books, and Sunday $2 for a box of books.

For more books, head to Chapel Hill's book sale at the library itself at 100 Library Drive. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, the sale runs tomorrow from 9 - 5, and Sunday from 1 - 3. Books are individually priced, but on Sunday, bags of books will be $3 each.

Durham also had a fall book sale; it raised more than $11,000 for the library.

To give an idea of the dimensions these sales can reach, Raleigh's sale has books spread out on 536 tables in a 60,000-square foot area.

If you have never been to such a sale, here are a few tips. If you have a little wheeled cart used to carry suitcases through an airport, bring it. And a couple empty boxes. Sometimes they have them, sometimes not.

Wear a fanny pack or have money in your pockets; a swinging shoulder bag impedes progress. Go first to those book areas in which you have greatest interest; book sales often have category areas posted on large signs to lead you straight on.

To save time, If you are so-so about a book, toss it into your carton and then assess what you have, both for content and for price, just before check-out.

Hand your rejects to the staff or put them back yourself; don't just abandon them in a pile. People think that the pile is waiting for you to return, and they won't redistribute the books to their original tables.