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Book sale held in old library

Bargain hunters peruse items for fundraiser in Newhall

Posted: September 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

The Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library asked community members to open up their pocketbooks during the group’s first used book sale on Saturday at the old Newhall Library.

The sale, which began on Thursday, opened to the public for the first time on Saturday after days reserved for group members and Santa Clarita educators.

Some 15 bargain-hunters were in the now-closed old library building as Annika Traeger loaded a bag with what she estimated to be 40 books.

“My friend told me about the sale so I decided to stop by,” Traeger said, piling her bag high. “I think this is a good thing for the community.”

Robin Hoklotubbe, the Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library coordinator, said the event dovetailed nicely with the mission of the group.

“What the ‘Friends’ do is make everything more special,” she said.

Hoklotubbe said all the proceeds of the event will go toward funding group initiatives, such as special-event programming. She also said all the books donated were either “weeded out” from existing library locations or were donations from the public.

Lynn Turner, a board member at large with the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library, said 340 people had visited the Saturday sale as of 3:30 p.m.

One of those 340 was Amelia Gomez, a former volunteer with the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library. Gomez said she was there because, rather than checking out books from a library, she prefers to buy books and then donate them after reading them.

“It’s kind of like recycling,” she said, laughing.

Another patron was Gary Smith, a self-described World War II buff from Corona, who said he happened to be walking by and decided to check out the sale.

“It’s good that the neighborhoods here support their libraries,” Smith said. “Otherwise, the libraries will go away.”

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