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Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 3:29 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 3:34 p.m. CST
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Jill VanAcker, a member of the Friends of the Library, unloads books donated by patrons for the upcoming book sale. VanAcker said it's shocking how many books the library receives on a daily basis, but she said it's good for the sale and a great opportunity for people to get rid of unwanted books. "It's a win-win," she said.

PRINCETON — The Friends of the Princeton Public Library are revving up for its 30th annual April used book sale, beginning this Thursday.

The sale offers more than 9,000 cleaned, sorted, good quality books priced anywhere from .50 cents to $1. In the past, the sale has attracted buyers from around the area and state. The books are collected donations from Princeton and the surrounding area.

Monies raised from the sale are donated back to the library to help fund programming, such as the children’s summer reading program, and also help bring an array of other opportunities to patrons.

Jill VanAcker, a member of the Friends since 2007, said the book sales have raised about $113,000. She said each year, the Friends aim to donate $10,000.

“The library is always changing; it never stays static,” she explained. “They’re always trying to think of new ways to bring the people in. Always trying to change things up. This town is a civic-minded town, so if you have that, you need a library that can support that. and it just adds to the town.”

This year’s sale will be held in the Friend’s new book sale room, located in the rear portion of the library. In past years, people have flocked to the Bureau County Fairgrounds for the annual sale. The location of the book sale changed last year when the library donated the back section of the building for the Friends to use as a more convenient space for the sale. Patrons may enter through the front of the library and follow signs directing them to the sale.

This year’s sale offers books of all types — anywhere from art to health and diet to history and young adult. Aside from books, the sale also offers used puzzles, CDs and DVDs. All paperback books will be sold in the Matson Meeting Room.

On the last day of the sale, people are encouraged to bring a bag of any size and fill it for $5. The books marked higher than $1, however, will still be sold at half price.

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