To the editor of THE EAGLE:
It was sad to learn of the closing of Pittsfield’s last used book store. It is always difficult to hear of a long-running business ending.
Lovers of pre-owned books, however, should be aware that other resources are available. Book enthusiasts who are looking to own bargain reading material should know that in the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, at the Wendell Avenue lobby entrance, there is a large array of books for sale at very reasonable prices.
The lobby book store is maintained by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. The books come from the generous donations made by community residents. Every penny of the profits from the sales benefit the library and activities associated with the library.
Also, three times a year, November, March and July, the Friends hold a huge sale of gently used books in the Athenaeum’s auditorium. More than 25,000 books go on sale. The books are sorted by category and in alphabetic order by dedicated Friends’ volunteers. DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and audio books are also sold. The Friends’ sales are gaining a reputation as the best organized and run sales throughout the region. Again, all proceeds are used for the library.
Proving good, reasonably-priced, recycled books is a primary goal of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Check out our store and sales -- you will be glad you did.
FLORIAN M. PTAK
The writer is president, Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.