Book lovers about to bag bar­gains


Usu­ally li­braries are for bor­row­ing from. But for three days this week, book lovers will be able to buy, as thou­sands of vol­umes move off li­brary shelves to make room for new con­tent.

Palmer­ston North City Li­braries con­tent man­ager Shan­non Simp­son said there would be 40,000 items - books, mag­a­zines, DVDs, CDs and puz­zles at bar­gain prices be­tween $1 and $4 at the three-day book bo­nanza.

‘‘We have books from all gen­res and they are all in good con­di­tion. We buy 30 to 40,000 new ma­te­ri­als ev­ery year for the li­braries. The sale makes much needed shelf space avail­able for new books and ma­te­ri­als.’’

The clear-out in­cluded items that were out-of-date or were no longer be­ing bor­rowed.

In the in­ter­ests of sus­tain­abil­ity, Simp­son asked that as sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple were ex­pected to de­scend on the li­brary for the sale, they brought their own bags for the books they bought.

The sale, which opens on Fri­day at 9.30am, takes place in the Ge­orge St Events Cen­tral, with eft­pos avail­able. Satur­day, the sale runs from 10am to 4pm, and Sun­day from mid­day un­til 4pm.

Pro­ceeds from the sale are ploughed back into li­brary pur­chases and ac­tiv­i­ties. Items not sold would be of­fered to com­mu­nity groups.


Bar­gain hunters are ex­pected to de­scend on City Li­brary for this week­end’s an­nual book sale

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