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December 29, 2011 - Diane Speer
When the time for soliciting books from the public for our annual Newspapers in Education Book Sale rolls around, it always catches me unaware. Even though the popular event isn't until Feb. 4, we began running newspaper ads for book donations in early to mid-December. Almost immediately, the public began responding in kind.
I've totally lost count, but I'm sure that I've already filled up more than a hundred boxes of books for the sale. Though that might sound tedious, I actually consider it fun. You never know what's going to come into the office in the way of donations. To date, I can say that there have been quite a few books on tape (cassette version), science fiction books, VHS tapes, westerns and cookbooks. That's in addition to all the great paperbacks and hardcovers that people always seem to love.
This year, we've also gotten a number of odd-ball donations, so we've decided to do a flea market table in conjunction with the book sale. Even though the NIE sale is all about books, we've received a set of dishes, a doll, box of crayons, miniature iron, short stack of LPs, large set of classics published in 1939 and more than 100 comic books from the 1960s through the 1990s. Lots of interesting stuff, for sure!
We still welcome more donations. Any one with items to donate can drop them by the newspaper office Monday through Friday during regular business hours. We appreciate all the help that our readers so generously give us with the annual sale!
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