Clamoring crowds boost book sale’s stats

LeAnn Hoth of Centertown, left, talks on her cellphone Saturday as she also shops through a large table of VHS tapes for sale at the MRRL-ABLE Book Sale at the St. Martin’s Knights of Columbus building.

LeAnn Hoth of Centertown, left, talks on her cellphone Saturday as she also shops through a large table of VHS tapes for sale at the MRRL-ABLE Book Sale at the St. Martin’s Knights of Columbus building. Photo by Shaun Zimmerman.

They were lined up out to Route T at the St. Martins Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday morning to get in on the last day of the annual Missouri River Regional Library/Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) Book Sale.

When the doors opened at 9 a.m., people swarmed to the tables where books from all fields and genres were available.

“They were like this when we opened Wednesday afternoon,” said Reg Turnbull, with ABLE. “They don’t just come from around Jefferson City. We get them from places such as Illinois, Nebraska and Colorado.”

Carol Davidson is on the ABLE Board and said they get more than 350 volunteers to help with the four-day sale.

“We get people from numerous groups such as Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, the Council of Clubs and Zonta,” she said. “All ages come out and help, some as young as nine, pushing brooms and handing out boxes for people to put their books in.”

Although she said she wouldn’t know final fundraising figures, library assistant director Betty Hagenhoff said they anticipated they would be on par with what they did last year.

“We’ve been told this is one of the biggest book sales after Christmas in the Midwest, so that’s why we get good crowds,” she said. “It’s great to see so many people wanting to get books for themselves and their families. I think it shows that books aren’t going away any time soon.”

Accompanying photo: Book sale

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