Early on Saturday morning, readers will be lining up outside the Lincoln County Public Library ready to have the first crack at its library book sale.
â€œWe have people waiting out there in the dark,â€ said Lesley Levine, the library director.
The doors open at 9 a.m. allowing the hungry readers into the library to peruse a variety of titles in hardback, paperback, audio tape and video.
Popular writers such as Danielle Steele and John Grisham sit beside more high brow fair like â€œPride and Prejudiceâ€ and â€œDon Quixote.â€
â€œSome of the books are weeded from the collection, but the vast majority are donated,â€ said Levine.
Nonfiction books and novels have been placed together as have paperbacks and hardbacks, but beyond that itâ€™s up to the reader to search out what they like.
Many people are dedicated to finding the perfect book, and after opening its doors, the organized book sale takes on a different form.
â€œWe have everything neat and lined up and all, and in two minutes itâ€™s wrecked, and librarians donâ€™t like wrecks,â€ said Levine.
Levine hopes for a good turn out on Saturday, but she knows this yearâ€™s sales probably wonâ€™t compare to those of previous years.
The book sale usually takes place on the same day as the Apple Festival, which was canceled this year.
â€œWe expect that is going to hurt our sales,â€ said Levine. â€œWe donâ€™t expect to have 40,000 people here.â€
Even so, Levine believes a good number of people will come and buy the reasonably priced books.
â€œPeople in this county read. Our circulation is high,â€ said Levine. â€œLast year Lincoln Countyâ€™s percentages were higher than Gaston County.â€
Levine has no worries about people choosing television or video games over reading. She says nothing compares to a good audio tape or book.
â€œThe spoken word, the written word is still important to most,â€ said Levine. â€œItâ€™s a way to use your imagination and travel in your mind anywhere.â€
Those who love reading will find bargains at the book sale. Hard cover books will be sold for $1 and paperbacks will go for 50 cents. All audio visual material will cost $2 each.by Sarah Grano