Huge book sale runs through Sunday in Chambersburg

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

CHAMBERSBURG — Books numbering 70,000 will go on sale at bargain prices when the 29th annual Friends of Legal Services Book Sale opens its doors at 9 a.m. Friday, May 10.  “We have so many wonderful books this year that it will take a crew of almost 100 volunteers all day just to transport all the books to the sale location and lay them out on the tables,” said Carolyn Carter, a volunteer with the organization.  “People come to this fantanstic event from as far away as Chicago, New York, North Carolina, and Texas, and start lining up hours before the doors open.”  

The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Laird Hall on the Wilson College campus.  The sale also features magazines dated before 1950, sheet music, maps, artwork, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, and books on tape.   Volunteers will be replenishing the tables with more books throughout the sale.

  An army of volunteers has sorted the books into over 50 categories, including mysteries, children's books, young adult, romance, science fiction, novels, cookbooks, literature, poetry, sports, military, Civil War, Americana, science fiction, do-it-yourself, home and garden, nature, hobbies, needlework, pets, history, biography, religion, art and architecture, music, supernatural, politics, science, education, large print, Westerns, humor, travel, world cultures, foreign language, computers, women and gender studies, reference, medicine, science and technology, education, business, and many others. Most paperbacks are just 50 cents.

A new feature of this year's sale is that all books will be half-price starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12.  In addition, Sunday, May 12 is bargain bag day.  From noon to 4 p.m., patrons will be able to fill a grocery sack with books of their choice for just $5. After three grocery sacks, the fourth is free.  There are usually tens of thousands of books still available on Sunday.

Rare books and collector's items will be offered for sale by silent reserve auction.  Bids will be accepted from the start of the sale through the end of the day on Saturday.  There will also be a table of non-bid special books. A full list of the rare books and collector's items may be found at

The sale is possible because of the work of a large cadre of volunteers who collected, sorted, and priced books all year, and the many local businesses that served as collection sites.

Parking is free at Wilson College during the sale, but patrons should follow the parking signs and the directions of officers who will be stationed in parking areas.  A church group will sell lunches and snacks throughout the sale.  Proceeds of the sale benefit local non-profit organizations that provide legal services to low-income residents and victims of domestic violence.