ROCKINGHAM — The Friends of the Library will offer a sneak preview of its annual book sale from 2-4 p.m. Friday — your chance to snag Tom Clancys and James Pattersons and Sue Graftons for as little as a dollar apiece. In hardback, even.
The books now sit front to backflap on a series of tables in two rooms of the library. Because there were so many to display, they’re also stuffed into boxes lining the walls. (During the sale, they’ll probably be on the floor, too.)
“We get lots and lots of donations from people who are cleaning out their moms’ houses” or trying to impose order on their own bibliophilism, librarian Deborah Knight said Wednesday. (Look it up. There’s a dictionary for sale.)
Many of the adult books are popular fiction — Jodi Picoult, David Baldacci, Preston & Child — but the lineup also offers nonfiction and some oddities: “The Mammoth Book of Muhammad Ali” and a Dag Hammarskjold bio edited by W.H. Auden among them. Children’s books also are available in limited numbers.
During Friday’s preview sale, prices will be $1 to $1.50 per hardback. (There are hundreds to peruse.) Paperbacks — mindless reading predominant — will sell for 50 cents apiece, Knight said.
Prices will drop for the sale Saturday, which will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Leath Memorial Library is at 412 E. Franklin St., Rockingham.
Proceeds will finance library programs.