Shoppers will have 1,200 boxes of materials to peruse

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FARMINGTON — Another record selection of books awaits shoppers at the Farmington Public Library Foundation's annual book sale this weekend, with approximately 1,200 boxes of inventory.

That total is slightly more than last year's 1,150 boxes. Traditionally, the sale features 800 to 900 boxes of books, so the inventory is trending upward, according to Jenny Lee Ryan, the library's program coordinator.

The higher total may mean a greater selection for shoppers, but they'll have to go to a little more trouble to find books that appeal to them. Ryan said the first two days of the five-day sale will take place outside this year in large tents set up in the south parking lot. The sale will move inside to the library's multipurpose room for its final three days.

In another break with the past, books will remain boxed this year instead of being arranged on tables, so patrons will have to go through each box individually.

"That's just to streamline it — to cut down on the staff time it takes to unpack all the boxes of books," Ryan said.

The sale's opening day is traditionally its busiest, as the event attracts books collectors and book sellers alongside casual shoppers in search of bargains. In addition to books, the sale also features DVDs, CDs and periodicals.

All proceeds will benefit the foundation, which uses the money to support library programs. In the past, the event has raised more than $20,000.

Prices are $2 for hardcover books and $1 for paperbacks. Those prices have remained the same since 2016, when they were raised for the first and only time in the history of the event.

The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 26-28 at the library, 2101 Farmington Ave. Visit infoway.org or call 505-599-1270 for more information.

Mike Easterling can be reached at 505-564-4610.

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