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Wake libraries throw book sale

Posted February 17, 2011 10:14 a.m. EST
Updated February 17, 2011 6:23 p.m. EST

— 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.