Sun-Gazette to hold book sale Saturday

Raising funds for Newspapers in Education, a program that promotes literacy and current events in schools, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette will host its third annual Books and More Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“The first two years of the sale were extremely successful,” said Bernard A. Oravec, Sun-Gazette publisher. “We estimate we sold nearly 7,000 items, including books, CDs, DVDs and records. It’s an opportunity for the Sun-Gazette employees to share their love of books and music.”

Items for sale range in price from 50 cents to $3, all of which goes toward funding the distribution of newspapers in schools around the area.

“The purpose of the sale is to raise funds for Newspapers in Education, which provides newspapers for local schools. This helps teach not only current events but literacy,” Oravec said.

And for those wishing to get a sneak peek of the available items, the Sun-Gazette is offering a special early admission at 7 a.m.

“I would advise serious collectors to take advantage of the early-bird special at 7 a.m. for the best selection of collectibles,” Oravec noted.

A $5 donation is required for the early admission.

Oravec added that there will be a wide selection of items available at the sale, including books from the library of the recently closed Newberry Christian Center.

“This year’s sale will include our biggest selection of hardback novels. Other items available for sale are paperbacks starting at 50 cents,” he said. “We also have a large selection of vinyl records with a number of collectible 78s.”

The Sun-Gazette has been accepting donations from its employees and readers since early June.

“We’ve had everything from readers bringing in a single book to trucks pulling up with 50 to 60 boxes of books,” Oravec said.

The sale is hoping to build on the success of the past two years.

“We had such a great response the last two years that it really encouraged us to continue the event,” Oravec said.