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Katonah Book Sale: An Annual Hit

KATONAH, N.Y. – The Katonah Village Library Book Sale is underway, the annual draw for the library that brings in thousands upon thousands of books from local donors. The sale lasts Oct. 22 to 29, giving local readers a chance to purchase new and old favorites for sometimes as little as 75 cents.

Lynn Lovett has managed the sale over a decade, and her charisma, along with appreciation of it, has not dwindled.

“This is like going to the tag sale, and then going to the guy who sells it through eBay,” she said.

On average, the books are priced between $3 and $7, but many novels are bought for around $2. Children’s books go for under a dollar.

“Every inch of the profit” goes to the Katonah Village Library, Lovett said, and the week is filled with special deals that bring out the locals in droves.

On Wednesday, everything in stock goes half price, Lovett said, which presents a “very crazy day.” On Friday, paper bags are sold for $5, and the consumer can fill the bag up to their delight without paying a penny more.

While Lovett is the annual go-to leader for the sale, she is looking for a replacement in the coming year. After already retiring once, then being drawn back due to lack of interest in the director spot, Lovett is on the prowl for a substitution.

“Two years ago I officially retired, but no one stepped up,” Lovett said. “I’m desperately looking for some local person who would like to volunteer to be the director the book sale.”

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