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Greenburgh Library Holds Annual Giant Book Sale

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Who needs a Kindle when you have thousands of cheap books waiting for you at the Greenburgh Public Library?

The library will kick off its annual giant book sale this weekend, beginning with a pre-sale Friday at 6 p.m., when library members can "cherry-pick" their selections, said event organizer Lita Orlay.

"We must have the cleanest closets in Westchester right now. Everyone's books, CDs and DVDs are here," Orlay said, estimating that there are well over 5,000 books to choose from. "I don't even want to count them at this point."

Locals have been donating their unwanted books all year, and the sale will offer a variety of genres, from holiday books to poetry, romance and mystery novels. The event is a blown-up version of the library's year-long reserved corner for book sales, which Orlay said sells up to $2,000 per month, with all books priced at $1 each.

Paperbacks are $1, hardcovers $2. Softcover children's books are only 50 cents each.

Last year the library made $16,000 from the book sale, Orlay said. There's already more books and more volunteers, so she hopes to see that number go up this year.

"People have been very generous with their donations," she said.

In addition to books, the sale will offer art, CDs and DVDs. Orlay promises all purchases will be in quality condition, as the library's sorters go through every item to make sure it's not dirty, moldy or missing pages.

The pre-sale for the Greenburgh Public Library Book Sale will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The sale is hosted by Friends of the Greenburgh and the pre-sale is for members of the Friends organization only. During the weekend the sale will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The sale continues Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when all items will be half-price.

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