March 13, 2005
Bargain book hunters: The Scottsdale Civic Center Library is the place to go.
Pay only $1 for a grocery bag full of nonfiction and biography books for the next few weeks as the library gets rid of about 7,000 old books to make room for a new teen center and reorganize parts of the current collection, said Dorothy Pulkrabek, adults services coordinator for the library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Proceeds from the book sale will go the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library, a nonprofit, volunteer group that raises funds for the library and for the teen center. Pulkrabek expects the sale to continue for a few more weeks.
Darlene Shirran, a Scottsdale resident and retiree, stocked up on landscaping and architecture books Saturday morning.
Shirran, 59, who had been to the book sale earlier in the week, also picked up some books about plays for her grandson who is majoring in screenwriting at a college in California.
Shirran said she bought 50 books for $5.
"Where else can I get that?" she said as she stuffed another bag with books. "The paper is worth more than that."
Others at the book sale found few items that appealed to them.
"I don’t see anything. Nothing catches my eye," said another woman browsing through the books that included titles such as "New Home Plans for 1994," and "My Prime Time: Confessions of a TV Watcher" from 1980.
A section of sports books included former Phoenix Mercury player Nancy Lieberman’s "Basketball My Way" from 1982. A grinning Magic Johnson wearing his Los Angeles Lakers jersey is on the cover of "Magic’s Touch" from 1989.
Jack and Linda Sanderson, of Sacramento, Calif., who were in town to watch the San Francisco Giants play in spring training games, found the book sale after they decided to go to the library.
Among the books they found was one on ’60s folk music and another one that mentioned old computers that were big enough to fill an entire room.
"So we found little jewels," said Linda Sanderson, 60, a part-time teacher and graduate student in cultural studies.
John Sanderson, a truck driver who sells antiques, said going to used book sales is similar to going to yard sales.
"The rule of thumb is, if you don’t care, you’ll find something," he said.