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Spring book sale ends today at Pleasanton Public Library

More than 40,000 books, videos went on sale Friday night

Today marks the end of the Friends of the Pleasanton Public Library annual Spring sale, which is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sales are held each April and September with this one, which started Friday night, offering more than 40,000 books, from hardback fiction to cookbooks to children's videos.

"We have 982 boxes of books this time - it's a record!" said Marilyn Swanson, who is in charge the sales along with her husband Hal and has been involved with the Friends since 1976. "It's 160 boxes more than last time."

Hardback fiction accounted for 136 boxes at the start of the sale. Children's books came in second at 129. The total count was estimated at more than 40,000 books.

Books are donated at the library year-round and brought in bankers' boxes to the storage space at 157 Main St., Marilyn Swanson explained. Shelves and other paraphernalia needed for the sales are stored there, too.

Teen volunteers loaded the 982 boxes onto trucks last Sunday, taking them to the large meeting room at the library. The teens will return late tomorrow to help with the cleanup.

The Swansons lamented that the large room is too small for the sale. The aisles are tight so no strollers are allowed.

Book breakdown at start of sale

Total bankers boxes of books: 982

Hardback fiction: 136

Children's: 129

Mystery: 90

Non-fiction: 70

Audio-visual: 69

Cookbooks: 41

Religious: 28

Reference, textbooks: 34

Classics: 27

Language books are divided into Western and Eastern.

In most cases, hardbacks sell for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents.

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