Cobb County Library hosts annual book fair (photo essay)
March 18, 2016
The Cobb County Library held their first annual book sale of the year at Jim Miller Park starting March 11. Over 100,000 items fill the warehouse including movies and music. Here avid readers can browse through a seemingly endless collection of books to their heart’s content.
An immense variety of literature covers the table tops throughout the two storage units in which the sale takes place.
Jared Diamond’s Collapse, a piece used in NC’s AP World History, lies on a table of books. The book sale functions as a way for students to buy books they need for cheap.
Nearly every book needed for a high school literature class resides in the sea books.
Sales contain a broad array of subjects, from SAT practice booklets to books full of photographs depicting the life of Elvis Presley.
“I typically look for fiction in the paperback area. I find a lot of Augusten Burroughs here and random books by some of my favorite authors,” Cara Bernard, a frequent customer, said.
The sale offers more than just books; the library also sells magazines, records, CD’s, cassette tapes, and movies, starting at two dollars.
When asked why to attend the book sale rather than a typical bookstore, Gabriel Soldatenko explains, “It’s way cheaper at this book sale. One dollar for a hard back, fifty cents for a paperback. you can’t beat those prices. I got a box full of books for twenty dollars!”
Whether buying one book or one hundred, checking out does not take long at all. An employee of the Cobb County Library tallies up the items on a blue slip of paper and send customers on their way to a cashier who collects payment.
After checking out, employees provide customers with a slip of paper inviting them to the next sale. The advertisement gives the reader just enough time to finish reading the mountain of books before coming back and doing it all over again!