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Book Sale Raises $17,000 For Chappaqua Library

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The Friends of the Chappaqua Library raised more than $17,000 with last month's weeklong sale of used books, Library Director Pamela Thornton said.

Books were donated to the sale by residents, then sold at $2 for hardcover books, $1 for trade paperbacks and 50 cents for mass paperbacks. Near the end of the week, the prices dropped in half, and on the final day books were given away for free. The remaining books were donated to charities and hospices and shipped to men and women serving overseas.

"It was overwhelming how many donations we had, and I want to thank everybody for two days worth of donations," Thornton said. "I think it was larger than last year."

Thornton and program director Joan Kuhn said the sale became so big that the library expanded from the auditorium to an outdoor tent.

"When I walked in there, people were there with boxes and bags, purchasing books," Kuhn said.

The book sale was arranged by Shobha Vanchiswar, president of The Friends of the Chappaqua Library. She and her team of 70 to 80 volunteers helped sort and place the thousands of donated books and also worked as cashiers.

The money raised during the sale will be donated to the Chappaqua Library in the form of funding adult writing workshops, book discussion groups, film workshops, literature workshops, children's programs and more.

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