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Buy a book without spending big bucks

Consumer prices are higher than last year for most basic necessities. An average gallon of regular unleaded gasoline costs $4.22 in Utah. A gallon of milk costs about $2.89. A single long-stemmed rose costs more than a dollar.

But a romantic pulp novel from the Park City Library Used Book Sale this Labor Day Weekend costs the same as always, just $1.

The book sale opens to the general public at 9 a.m. Saturday and continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Santy Auditorium at the library, 1255 Park Ave.

"This year is going to be bigger and better than ever," exclaimed Cindy Meyer, co-publicity chair for the Friends of the Library nonprofit organization. Meyer has volunteered for the book sale since 2001 and said this year’s collection of CDs, DVDs, paperbacks, history texts, tomes and books on tape and disc tops 10,000.

"It’s mind-boggling," she said.

Donations have increased this year, Meyer guessed, because the people are more willing to part with old books than they are with money during the economic downturn.

At the same time, tight budgets may attract shoppers who want to save.

The library has been collecting the books all year and volunteers spent Wednesday, Thursday and Friday unearthing titles from cardboard boxes. Numbers have not been tallied, but Meyer expected the library to sell about $4,000 worth of donated literature.

That number is impressive, especially considering the competitive price of much of the merchandise. Small paperbacks cost 50 cents, hardback books are $3, most DVDs are $2 and books on tape are about that price.

Self-help books and biographies have been hot sellers in the past, Meyer said, and some teachers use Monday’s $5 brown bag special to stock up on literature for their students.

Proceeds to the book sale go to fund the library’s literacy programs for adults and children. Merchandise that is not sold over Labor Day Weekend will be donated to a local equestrian group that plans to sell the books online. "We’re a nonprofit," Meyer said. "But we’re also helping another nonprofit."

Adult Services Librarian Merry White says the money raised helps strengthen library services and its collection of books. Friends of the Library has paid for furniture, a coffee maker, copies of Rapid Reader volumes, a disc cleaner and a machine that covers and protects books.

"They gather an army of volunteers," White said. "It’s wonderful for us. This is a very generous community all the way around."

People can join the Friends of the Library for $15 at the book sale Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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