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Ogdensburg Public Library’s annual fall book sale last weekend was a success, raising more than $2,100, a total nearly $300 greater than the 2011 event.

The Oct. 25 through 27 event raised $2,177 for the library, according to Executive Director Wayne L. Miller.

“About $700 on Thursday night and another $400 on Friday,” Mr. Miller said. “That probably translates into something in the vicinity of 1,000 books, magazines, and puzzles. We didn’t have many DVDs for sale, but we also sold a few videotapes and recorded books.”

In addition, the book sale’s auction raised $777. All things considered, Mr. Miller said, the numbers were in keeping with the fall and spring events’ yearly averages.

“The book sale proceeds habitually run in the range of $1,500 to $3,000 per semi-annual event,” he said.

The book sales offer for low prices an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 titles that haven’t circulated in up to five years. The library has about 111,000 books.

Mr. Miller said he is especially heartened by the book sales’ success because it tells him that in the growing digital-electronic media age, there is still room for those who want to literally turn a page.

“There are still many, many readers of hard copy books,” he said.

“Locally as well as nationally, the rise of eBooks seems to have added more new readers than converts from those who prefer to snuggle up with a book and turn actual pages. The good news is that the book sales continue to be successful. And the best news is that more people than ever are reading.”

Proceeds from the books are used to buy books, DVDs, tapes, programs and learning materials through the library’s not-for-profit fundraising arm, the The Friends of Ogdensburg Public Library.

Its bylaws stipulate that all of its funds will be spent in support of the programs and services of the library. Donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Memberships are $10 for an individual and $20 for a family.

The library is located at 312 Washington St.

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