EUGENE, Ore. — The Friends of Eugene Public Library group kicked off its Annual Benefit Book Sale on Saturday at the Lane County Fairgrounds. The event is a major fundraiser for library classes, programs and events.
Organizers say they expect thousands to come through the Performance Hall throughout the weekend like they’ve been doing for the last 36 years. And despite the trend to tablets, both volunteers and shoppers say the event is a testament to the power of turning a page in the modern age.
Book store owner and shopper Alan Stein says, “To feel a book and to say somebody read this, ‘Oh my god, I didn’t know this!’ This is becoming antiquated, but it’s coming back, because people are going to get burnt out with the computer and say, ‘I want to read a book before I go to sleep.”
Sunday is the last day. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information about the organization, click here.