Book Cents

"There are hundreds and hundreds of books in this collection, enough to fill an entire storage unit, and almost all of them have some value beyond just being a used book," says Dale Lashnits, who's coordinated a Book Sale at the Aurora Central Library Community Room, 14949 East Alameda Parkway; it takes place on January 20 from noon to 5 p.m. and January 21 from 12:30 to 6 p.m.

The collection was donated to the library by the John and Elizabeth Battles family and includes everything from books on Civil War history, world history, art books, cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction -- even a book of animated artwork that ended up as a Disney film and one that picks apart Adolf Hitler's psyche. "There's a book on Rembrandt that's priced at $1,300," adds Lashnits. "The range is going to be anything from forty cents a book to $1,300, so there's a good chance that there's going to be something for everybody, and there are going to be some good deals available to people. I think all of us who have been pricing these books have been underpricing." He's not lying -- that Rembrandt book is actually worth several thousand dollars, so the library is practically giving the thing away.

In other words, the sale will be a bibliophile's dream and a collector's Mecca. Start planning now to free up some serious browsing time, because this is the kind of book sale that comes along once in a blue moon.

For information contact the Friends of the Aurora Public Library at this website or at 720-747-7977. -- Amber Taufen

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