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MASSENA - The Friends of the Massena Public Library have a way to beat the winter blues.

Stock up on books during one of their annual sales that’s currently taking place at the Massena Public Library.

The sale started Wednesday night with a Friends of the Library preview. Individuals could join the Friends for $5 per person or $10 per family.

It continued for the general public on Thursday and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow, with a $3 bag sale on Saturday.

“This morning it was packed,” book sale Chair Ann Greene said Thursday afternoon as groups of readers browsed through the shelves to stock up on their reading material.

She said that, no matter what a reader’s taste, they probably have it on the shelves. It might be fiction or non-fiction, mystery or comedy, adult or children. They even have DVDs, talking books, music CDs and games available for purchase.

The prices are hard to beat. Premium hardcovers that would sell for approximately $25 or $30 can be had for $3, while premium softcover books are $1.50.

“We have brand new books within five years for $3, hardcover for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. Most of them are in great condition. It’s a great bargain. It’s the best deal in town,” Ms. Greene said.

“Mysteries are extremely popular. James Patterson is really, really popular. We have a great selection this time of children’s books,” she said.

On Saturday, readers can fill a bag for $3 with everything except premium books

The books are shelved according to their category, and a table highlights some specific reads for the month. The table this month contains romance books in honor of Valentine’s Day and other books on Black history and presidents.

This is only one of the sales the Friends of the Library holds during the year, according to Ms. Greene.

“We have major sales four times a year and we tried a Christmas sale. It went great,” she said, noting shoppers used that sale to look for Christmas gifts for others.

More sales may be in the future, too.

“We may try a day sale in between,” Ms. Green said.

The books come from donations from the community and, in some cases, the library itself if they have more than one copy that they won’t need on their shelves.

“We welcome donations and appreciate them. That’s what makes our sale,” Ms. Greene said.

Money raised from the book sales goes right back to the library and the community, she noted.

“People that work here are book lovers. They want to help the library and the community,” she said.

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