Top five reasons to visit Friends of Berkshire Athenaeum book sale


The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are hosting their annual fall book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Saturday, Nov. 8-9. The sale boasts shelves of donated books at bargain prices, with all proceeds from the sale going back to the library to "enrich the library experience."

Book sale chairwoman Nancy McNabb said the sale is "doing really well," with more than $6,000 in sales in only about seven hours, since it opened for members-only Thursday night.

"There's something for everybody," McNabb said as she pointed out the rows of books organized by category and some by author's last name. She points out that it is not just a book sale, but also a great place to do some early holiday shopping, as many of the donated books are practically brand new and still on the best sellers list.

There's still plenty of books to be bought, but time is running out for avid readers to peruse the shelves, stocked by volunteers who spend two mornings a week, year-round, getting ready for the sale. With prices starting at 25 cents, and most hard covers topping off at $1, you're sure to find something worth curling up with this winter.

Here are the top five reasons you should stop over before the sale ends Saturday afternoon:

Nostalgia for a quarter - Pick up some great children books that will bring back memories from a less complicated time. A collection of Nancy Drew's line a back wall and Mr. Roger's sweater looks better than ever. Won't you be my neighbor for 25 cents?

Early, cheap start to the holidays - Four packaged sets of the "Twighlight" series for only $5, each set looking nearly brand new, will be sure to have someone on your holiday list gushing with vampire love. It's the right price for that reader you know who is secretly obsessed with the blood-thirsty culture but not willing to be seen in public buying the young-adult literature.

Get cooking Shelves of cookbooks, organized by type of cuisine or cooking method, hold endless possibilities for your kitchen. Ever thought about tackling the art of Chinese takeout, or becoming a master planner and freezing meals for a month? Well, you can learn how with bargain-priced cookbooks, most for the low price of $1.

Trade paperbacks and hardcovers for $1 Need we say more? Pick up barely used best-sellers from fan-favorites like Robin Cook, Anne Rice, Mary Higgins Clark and Tom Clancy for an unbeatable price.

Volunteers are around ever corner to help Manned completely by volunteers, the Friends program runs the book sale with friendly efficiency. Not sure what the price is? Just ask a volunteer, like Ella Deane, who has worked at the book sale for more than six years.

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