Extremely Low Price of Books in Annual Books Sale at New Brunswick Free Public Library

By Zhuxuan Liu

Extremely low price of books especially a large amount of Spanish-language books will be found in the 2 days annual Book Sale event on April 7 1-7 p.m. and April 8 10 a.m.-4p.m., in New Brunswick Free Public Library at 60 Livingston Ave.

“Since we have a large Hispanic population in New Brunswick, so we are always excited to acquire Spanish-language books for our sale.” Gerarda Pizzarello said, the Chairperson for the Friends of the New Brunswick Library Annual Book Sale, who has worked on organizing the annual event for the past three years.

The library’s book sale is held annually in each April. Thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and puzzles will be available for purchase during the Book Sale at extremely low prices, ranging from 50 cents to $2 for all books; $1 for VHS tapes and $3 for DVDs and puzzles. Be aware that only cash and checks are accepted.

All proceeds from the Book Sale will be used to benefit library programming and offerings.

The Annual Book Sale is sponsored and run by The Friends of the New Brunswick Public Library, whose aim is to “encourage library awareness, promote use of the library, and encourage reading and life-long learning.”

Various categories of books can be found here, including reference books. Cookbooks, mystery, Biography, hard and soft cover fiction and especially children’s books are much popular on Book Sale.

Most of the items sold on the event are donations that come from members of community. There are also experienced support of donations from local companies as well as Departments of Rutgers University that sponsor their own, internal, donation drives for the Book Sale.

Volunteers also work actively for the Book Sale. Rutgers Students play an invaluable role in the book sale each year. Members of various service fraternities, Give Where You Live and RU Scarlet Day of Service volunteers have each helped out in various capacities over the years, according to Pizzarello.

The Friend’s Organization has a long history of the annual Book Sale. “It is one of our primary tools for outreach into the larger community.” said Pizzarello, “New Brunswick is a culturally diverse city with both a local and University population. Because of our diversity, our library uses the Book Sale to communicate to the community that we are here as a year-round resource for a variety of programs and services that the library offers free of charge to our residents.”

For more information, visit thecityofnewbrunswick.org or nbfpl.org.