Bargain Basement Books

There were bargain basement deals galore today, at the Tyler Public Library. They kicked off a book sale as part of National Library Week. Nearly 200 readers showed up this morning, all hoping to find a good book at an even better price.

"We were not expecting this big of a turnout. Before we even opened the doors, 30 minutes before we opened the doors, we had people out to the streets waiting to get in," Tyler Public Library Director Evelyn James.

Shaba Hilburn says she was excited about the sale because she and her daughter are fools for books. "I heard about the book sale. I wanted to be first in line, but I couldn't be here on time," Hilburn said.

Even so, she made out okay. She had two boxes full of books, and records that would have cost her an arm and a leg at a bookstore, but here, she only spent $59. "The sing-a-long nursery rhymes vinyl that I bought, Alfred Hitchcock, Spellbinding Tales, and Anne of Green Gables. I can't even name them all, but I like all of them," Hilburn said.

Younger readers hit the jackpot, too. Kaitlyn Killian, 7, found a book called The Easter Cat. "I like to find out what's exciting about in the book. I probably read three books a day," Killian said.

Everything is priced to sell. Whether it's fiction or non-fiction. Records or audio-books. Nothing in here is more than two dollars.

"It's a combination of books that we've taken out of our collection, and replaced with others that are better, and things that have been donated that we did not need to put on our shelves," James said.

Organizers say every dollar raised will be reinvested in the library's collection. But they say more than anything, the ultimate goal of the sale, was to get people to walk through their front door.

The sale runs all week, and their inventory will be re-stocked daily. It's at the Tyler Public Library on South College Street. 10:00 to 7:30 Monday through Thursday. 10:00 to 4:30 on Friday and Saturday.

Lindsay Wilcox reporting,