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North Tonawanda History Museum readies annual used-book sale

The North Tonawanda History Museum’s summer used-book sale – a tradition going back to 2006 – will be held Saturday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 54 Webster St.

Books are 50 cents each for paperbacks or three for $1; $1 each for hardcovers or three for $2. Customers also may purchase a bag from the museum for $5 and fill it with all the books they can squeeze in; customers may not bring their own bags to fill.

One sale in the past resulted in a competition of sorts among customers, with one customer ending up purchasing 13 bags of books, while another filled 12 bags, and three filled 10 bags.

Many regular customers donate their purchased books back at future sales, as they fill up their bags with more books to read.

History Museum volunteers estimate there are more than 70,000 used books available at each sale. As customers remove books from the shelves and tables, volunteers replenish the stock all day long.

“There are always customers waiting outside either in their cars or standing on the sidewalk waiting for us to unlock the door and let them in after each volunteer is in place and ready for both used-book sale visitors and History Museum visitors,” said Donna Zellner Neal, executive director of the museum. “Many of our customers comment that they always prefer the book to a movie made from it. They say they cannot imagine a world in which their will be no more books.”