By Mark Stalcup
A quarterly sale held through Saturday at the Linton Public Library means bargains which are truly one for the books.
While the library maintains an ongoing book sale on the first shelves directly inside the facility's northwest entrance, the quarterly sale held through Saturday expands the fare while reducing prices.
Usually, the two southwest shelves inside the facility are slated to house new donations, and restricted from use by patrons.
However, during the three-day sale, not only are those shelves opened up for purchases, but prices are halved.
Hardbacks which typically sell for $1 are 50 cents, said Library Director Jamie Tyner.
Paperbacks normally priced at 50 cents now will run a quarter each, and bargain shoppers can fill a standard grocery bag for $4.
While the facility prefers plastic bags "like a typical Wal-Mart sack" they're "not being very particular" should shoppers prefer to bring their own paper grocery sacks.
The facility's also got a few sacks on site for the sale.
"It's going really well so far," Tyner said. Constantly rotating donations to the facility mean bargain shoppers can find a variety to suit any taste.
"We get so many good donations," Tyner said. "We just can't use them all."
That means potential purchasers can choose from a slew of brand-new hardcover copies of novels like "Hannibal" from Thomas Harris, the famed crime novelist who authored "The Silence of the Lambs" and its sequels.
Many of those multiple copies were donated to the library during its grand opening by publishing companies. Past book sale finds have included a signed first edition of "Tuesdays With Morrie," by author Mitch Albom as well as multiple copies of Stephen King's horror novel "Cell."
Current offerings include political authors such as Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and George Stephanopolous, as well as vintage paperback editions of The Diary of Anne Frank.
The sale runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.