Library swarmed for annual sale
Swarms of determined residents charged into the Haywood County Public Library on Thursday morning to fill their bags, boxes and crates with books, movies and records during the Friends of the Public Library Annual Book Sale.
All proceeds from the book sale, which has been held for nearly 40 years, benefit the Haywood County Library System. While library systems have experienced budget cuts each year, the Friends of the Library, a nonprofit organization, helps fund equipment, materials and programs for the library.
Judy Russell and her husband David of Waynesville were first in line waiting for the library doors to open. Judy said they had arrived at 5 a.m. in order to secure their spot in line.
“You get great deals here, and it’s fun,” Judy said. “And you get to support the library. I’ve been coming all the years it’s been going on.”
Judy said she and her husband both usually took home about 100 books each.
“I usually get fiction,” she said, adding that her home included many bookshelves. “This is our entertainment for the winter. The prices have gotten a little more expensive, but it’s still a great bargain.”
Adrienne Denasco of Waynesville attended the book sale early to scope out the cookbooks.
“This is my addiction,” she said with a laugh. “I’m here every year. I know if I buy another cookbook my husband will shoot me. But as long as I keep cooking, he’s happy.”
Denasco said the annual book sale had supported her cookbook collection for years.
“I love all books, but cookbooks aren’t going to be around here forever, so I thought I’d collect them,” Denasco said. “I can will them out to my grandchildren so hopefully they will cook.”
Joan Kerslager of Waynesville arrived at the library earlier than ever to secure a parking space.
“I sat in the car for a while so I could have a place to park,” Kerslager said. “The parking lot was full by 25 (minutes) till 9 (a.m.).”
Kerslager said she usually left the sale after buying 10 to 12 books.
“I usually come back on the last day and buy a whole sack of books for $5,” Kerslager said. “It keeps me in books throughout the year.”
The annual book sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The library is located at 678 Haywood St. in Waynesville.