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SIKESTON -- Books collecting dust on a bookshelf or discovered while house cleaning are just what the Sikeston Public Library staff members are looking for as the annual book sale approaches.
"People have books that other people want to read so if they're just cluttering up their bookshelves, certainly take them to library," said Jackie Cowan of Sikeston, a retired teacher and member of the library's Board of Directors. Cowan said the sale is always a fun event.
"There are a lots of people, surprisingly, in this day and age who are avid readers, and it's very popular. ... It's nice to see all the people come and talk about the different books," said Cowan, who has helped at the sale for the last four or five years.
This year's book sale is April 3-7, and the library staff have worked since end of last year's sale accepting donations for this year's sale, said library director Sue Tangeman.
"We do start preparing for next year's sale the day after the current sale ends," Tangemen said. "Seeing advertising for the book sale prompts many people to gather books and bring them in as soon as the sale is over."
Donated books and materials are checked by library staff to see if they fill a need in the library's collection. Often, donated books may be in better shape or more current than the same book already in the collection, Tangeman said. Books that do not fill a need in the collection are then placed in the book sale.
"Anything is fair game," Tangeman said about donated items. However, there are exceptions.
"For example, if they're medical books and more than 10 years old, we can't use those because the information is outdated," Tangeman said. "And magazines aren't accepted."
The biggest portion of the books in the library's sale are usually donations from the community, Tangeman said.
Books of all kinds will be offered at the sale, including hardcover and paperback books for both adults and children. There will also be dozens of audiobooks for sale along with videocassettes and encyclopedia sets.
"The sale is highly anticipated each year," Tangeman said. "The donations of books and materials we receive from the community make the sale successful year after year."
Besides donations from the community, books removed from the library's collection are sold in the book sale as well.
"Many times, we will purchase a new edition of the book and sell the older edition that would make it a worthwhile purchase for many people," Tangeman said.
The four-day sale generates anywhere between $2,000 to $2,500, Tangeman said.
Proceeds from the book sale are used to purchase new materials for the library's collection.
"We appreciate the community's generosity in donating the books and the community's support of the library by utilizing it first of all," Cowan said. "And by coming to the book sale and putting more money into the library."
For more information about donating books and materials to the library, call 471-4140.