EUGENE, Ore. — Just one day left until the big book sale. Volunteers are very busy unpacking 80,000 books from boxes and putting them onto the tables.
How do you unpack thousands of books? One box at a time. Slowly, the Lane Events Center is transformed into an organized book store.
Categories are clearly marked. There is government and politics and fiction.
Most of the book there are donated and the prices are just right. Paperbacks are just $1. Hardbacks are $2. And books like new are $4.
Deals like these make it enticing for avid book reader and dealers.
Many arrive at 5 a.m. Saturday behind the Lane County Historical Museum. That’s when numbered tickets are handed out. They return before the doors open at 9 a.m. and line up in ticket order. Organizers say it makes for a smooth system.
“Some of them get here as early at 8 to get in line, but you don’t have to come early as long as you’ve got your number. That rush comes in for about an hour, but it’s very orderly,” said Linda Ague, Friends of the Library Co-Chair.
On the floor, buyers are permitted one box per person at a time. Friends of the Eugene Public Library put on three book sales per year. But this is by far the biggest and can generate between $60,000 to $90,000, which goes back to library to maintain programs and help purchase new books.
There’s still plenty of work to do, but by Saturday they will be ready. The book sale runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Eugene Public Library.