Judge a Book By Its Price

For the past 36 years, the Denver Public Library has been holding its Annual Used Book Sale, and with each passing year, the event has become bigger and more diversified. While many might assume it’s just a means for the library to unload old and dusty books, that’s not the case. Nearly everything for sale this week was donated, meaning the range of content is a lot wider than you’d expect.

“It’s primarily from donations and estate sales,” says library spokeswoman Consuelo Cosio. “We have over 70,000 items this year for sale.” Those items include paperbacks, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs priced at a dollar, with hardbacks and books in better condition coming in at a bit more. “People will walk out with rolling suitcases,” says Cosio, “I’ve even seen hampers filled with books.” If the cheap prices aren’t enough to get you in, teachers and nonprofits will have a chance to walk away with anything left over for free starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue; admission is free. For more information, visit www.dplfriends.org or call 720-865-2051.
June 9-12, 2011

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