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Clayton State library holding annual book sale

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton State University Library officials are offering a deal several people have already been unable to refuse on books, such as Mario Puzo's "The Godfather," during the library's third-annual book sale.

The sale runs through the end of this week.

During the book sale, CSU students, faculty and staff members, and members of the general public, can buy books for as little as $1.50, and for as much as $5.

Several of the books are old textbooks, but there are also several pieces of fiction, including "The Godfather," John Grisham's "The Runaway Jury," and multiple "Star Trek" encyclopedias and novels.

There are also several volumes of "Reader's Digest" compilations of short stories available for purchase.

The book sale is being held as a fund-raiser for the Clayton State University Library Foundation Fund, which is used to purchase office supplies for the library, said library Administrative Assistant Jennifer Duke, the book sale coordinator.

"These are books that we can't use in the library," Duke said. "Either they are old, or they are just books that have been donated, but we wouldn't normally have them in our collection ... We're just putting out there what has been donated."

The book sale began on Tuesday, and will continue through Friday, lasting from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., each day, Duke said. It is being held on "Main Street" in the James M. Baker University Center, on the school's Morrow campus.

By midday on Tuesday, however, some offerings, such as a box of sheet music, were already sold out, Duke said. "The books aren't lasting long before they're snatched up," she said.

Adam Kubik, a catalog librarian who was working the midday shift at the event, said sales were already pushing $100 by 1 p.m., on Tuesday, even though the average sale was around $3-$5. Some people had purchased as much as $20 in books, though, according to the list book sale workers were keeping of purchases.

"It gets really busy between classes, but then things seem to get more quiet when the students are in their classes," Kubik said.

Danielle Mathis, an adjunct language and literature faculty member at Clayton State's Peachtree City campus, was stocking up on books at the sale, after meeting with a student on Clayton State's Morrow campus. She picked up a book on the life of President Jimmy Carter, as well as a photography book on Los Angeles, and books on opera and psychology.

Some of the books are for her, and others are for her children, who are college students, themselves. Most of all, Mathis said, she wanted to show her support for the university's library.

"I love books, and since it's a donation, I'm glad to support the university," she said.