For lovers of the written word, there is still time to snatch up plenty of bargains as the Fort Scott Public Library continues its used book sale in the Children's Storyroom of the library through Saturday.
Whether its James Michener, Janet Evanovich or something for the younger set, there are still mountains of books available for sale, from the original 6,000 to 7,000 books first placed out for sale on Saturday.
"That's a whole bunch," FSPL Director Lisa Walther said.
The library is selling hardcover books for 50 cents and paperbacks for 25 cents during the sale. Those wanting even bigger savings may bring a bag or box beginning on Thursday to fill for just $1.
"On Thursday, we are basically trying to get rid of what's left," Walther said. "We look at it as 'take it off our hands,' but we also look at it as 'it is our fundraiser,' so fairly often, people do give us a little extra to help out the library."
Walther said the library conducts book sales two to three times a year.
"We have a room that we store the books in and when the room gets to a point where it's too full we have a sale," Walther said.
Proceeds from the sales help buy new materials for the library. The funds are sometimes earmarked for specific purchases, such as a set of encyclopedias, but this sale will go to buy new titles and materials, Walther said.
"We appreciate the people who come out, because it is essentially the only fundraiser that we do," Walther said.
Customers at the book sales attend for a variety of reasons, whether it be individuals wanting to add to their own private collections or used booksellers hoping to resale the books, Walther said.
"Some come to add that one missing book for their collection, while others buy them here and try to resale them," Walther said. "We're fine with that. Some, too, I think, just really like looking through all the books."
She added that many of the books are titles the library already owns that were donated by private individuals.
"You'll never know what might be there," Walther said. "We have a wide variety."
In addition to raising much-needed money for the library, the sale also gives exposure to the library by patrons that might not otherwise have walked through the doors. Walther said she can't prove a link between the sales and more people registering with the library, but said there has been a noticeable increase this week.
"It gets people in here," Walther said. "We have people who appear upstairs even after they have been downstairs. I think we have created several new accounts this week. I can't say if that's related to the book sale or not."
The sale takes place during the library's regular hours and shuts down 15 minutes before closing each day.
Library hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.