It was a book lovers' paradise on Friday, as tables of books in three rows were spread deep with paperback and hard-cover books of every genre.

Nila Mink had one box filled with books balanced in her arms, and another to carry out.

“My retirement dream is to sit on a lawn chair with my feet in the 'tadpole hole' and read books,” said Mink.

She’s collecting now for that day down the road, but she reads all the time.

“I’ve been reading all my life. If I didn’t like what my dad [Herbert Hansen] was watching – something on the black-and-white TV – I would go read,” Mink said.

If she really likes a book, she wants to keep it, and buying recycled books allows her to afford that option. Mysteries and crime stories are a favorite. She had books by Ann Rule, Stewart Woods and Tom Clancy.

Mink supports Friends of the Library, a group with which her sister, Marie Allen volunteers.

“It’s important to support this group,” said Mink.

Pat Richardson reads different kinds of books and was looking for mysteries and religious books on Friday.

“You get a lot for your money,” she said.

"Just a good story" is what she wants, said Richardson. She usually reads every night before going to bed.

Historical romance and science fantasy were the book genres Rhonda Wolf was searching for.

“I always come to the sale. The books are affordable,” said Wolf.

Before the pandemic, the Friends hosted two book sales annually. Most of the books are donated by citizens, said Unger.

“We have all kinds of books, and some are really old. Earlier we sold a Sears and Roebuck catalog from 1902, most likely a reproduction, but very interesting. A carriage sold for $17.50," Unger said. "And this Avon Collectors Encyclopedia has a some cool stuff in it. We have a little bit of everything: kids books, historical, religious, there are thousands of books here."

Books sold for $1 each or $5 for a box full.

Barbara Brown is the largest donor this time. She downsized and gave the group her book collection she’d been accumulating for many years, said Unger.

Proceeds are used to support the library, “whatever they need."

"And we’re still working on landscaping,” Unger said.

After the first of the year, she plans to work on getting the used bookstore open again.

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