Selling more than 4,000 items last year, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette is expecting to give even more items second lives Saturday as it already has thousands of donated books, CDs and DVDs for its second annual book sale to benefit Newspapers in Education - a literacy program.
Publisher Bernard A. Oravec said "thousands and thousands of both old and new books" already have been donated to the sale and he's hoping they continue to come in.
"The sale is going to be this Saturday, the 28th, and we're still accepting donations through this Wednesday at 5 p.m.," he said.
Oravec said this year's sale will feature more recent titles, how-to and cook books than last year. Video games, VHS tapes, DVDs and a "good mix" of vinyl records also will be available, including lots of "classic rock" albums.
The event will feature a large selection of children's and teen books.
Most items will cost between 50 cents and $3.
IF YOU GO
WHO: Book, music and movie lovers
WHAT: Second annual Sun-Gazette book sale
WHEN: Doors open at 8 a.m. Saturday. Early bird special from 7 to 8 a.m.
WHERE: Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 252 W. Fourth St.
"I'm fairly certain there's going to be something for everybody," Oravec said.
Although the Sun-Gazette is accepting donations of books and other items, it will not accept encyclopedias and homemade CDs or movies.
"We're really looking for any clean donation," Oravec said.
And although the event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and admission is free, those wishing to get a sneak peek may do so an hour early.
"We do offer an early bird special from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., which gives serious collectors the opportunity to have first crack," Oravec said.
The early admission costs $5.
Oravec expects there to be even more items for sale than last year. Long lines to purchase items from last year are expected to shrink as an extra cashier station will be in operation Saturday.
But with so much available to the public, shoppers should be prepared to search.
"I would encourage them to come early and expect to spend a little bit of time to look through all of the titles," Oravec said.
Donated items may be taken to the Sun-Gazette, 252 W. Fourth St.
For more information, call Connie Tobias at 326-1551 Ext. 1127.