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Friday, March 23, 2012

Calling all book hunters!

I happen to love used book sales... Let me reiterate that in capital letters: I LOVE USED BOOK SALES. If you are anything like me, then you will be excited to know that our Friends group will host their Spring Book Sale this weekend here at the library. (Click here for more information about the book sale).

This Saturday and Sunday (March 24th and 25th) our meeting rooms B/C will be filled with books just waiting for someone to discover them and take them home. One of the reasons that I enjoy used book sales so much is that you are sure to find something unexpected and unusual.

There is a clean efficiency to buying crisp, shiny, new books online to be sure. But "one-click" buying doesn't pique your curiosity the way a good used book sale can. For the philosopher Walter Benjamin, this thrill of discovery is crucial to the experience of buying books: of the finest memories of a collector is the moment when he rescued a book to which he might never had given a thought, much less a wishful look, because he found it lonely and abandoned on the market place and bought it...
Of course, you can take it too far. So if your house is starting to look like this...

then you could always donate the books back to the Friends for someone else to discover!

It's nice to have Friends!

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