Sunday, September 03, 2006

Whether to enjoy visiting or remain immersed in the bargain book bins? Experiencing the Centenary Book Bazaar, Fr, Sept 8 and Sat, Sept 9

The sight of a jillion used books in one room quickens the pulse of SptBlog readers. So here's our annual bookgasm: some 50,000 books, along with audio and video tapes and CDs, will be sold at the 20th Anniversary Centenary Book Bazaar at the Gold Dome.

Friday, Sept. 8, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hummer & Son Honey is the corporate sponsor for this year's event, says Amy Giglio.

Zoe Ramsey, longtime Book Bazaar volunteer, points out that the event is the biggest book recycling project in the area. Ramsey, a retired librarian, manages a team of volunteers who are trained to price books fairly but affordably. The volunteers also look for extra special books to include in the event’s sealed bid auction.

“These books are donated by local people, and we want to give local people a chance to purchase them,” Ramsey said. If the books do not sell at the sealed bid auction, they will be offered on the Internet to attract a larger market.

Numerous vinyl records, including many Hollywood, Broadway and television soundtracks, will be sold by the Centenary music sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota, on the upper level of the Gold Dome.

Proceeds from the Book Bazaar help fund student projects and activities not included in the regular college budget. Among items funded by the Muses in the past are equipment for the student leisure and extracurricular activities, benches and decks, equipment for student publications, student travel, student recognition activities and a celebration for graduating seniors and their families.

The Muses accept book donations throughout the year at the Book House at 108 East Kings Highway in Centenary Square (across from George’s Grill). The Book House is staffed on Monday and Wednesday. Covered bins are available for donations at other times.

More info:
Amy Giglio
Director of Development Research
Centenary College of Louisiana

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