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Discounted, free books offered at Scappoose Public Library

Friends of the Scappoose Public Library's monthly sale May 20 will offer bargain prices, free books for children

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Kalina Rico, a Scappoose Middle School student, previews books that will be up for sale to the public during the Friends of the Scappoose Public Library's spring book sale next Saturday, May 20. The book sale will offer books of all genres for no more than $2. One of the biggest assets of the Scappoose Public Library isn't visible from its main floor.

As teens fill every computer in the library's computer lab and school kids roam the book aisles on a weekday afternoon, a short elevator ride reveals a hidden treasure trove of books.

The library's basement, recently repainted and remodeled, boasts shelves and tables filled with books. Hundreds of paperbacks and hardbacks from genres ranging from how-to guides for crafts and DIY projects, to mystery and acclaimed releases like Harper Lee's highly anticipated "Go Set a Watchman," give the basement the feel of a small bookstore.

Each will be up for sale when the library's basement opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday, May 20, for a monthly Friends of the Library book sale.

It's one of the only rev-

enue sources for the library, which is primarily funded through a taxing district in Scappoose.

Each month, a public book sale is held on the third Saturday, but the May 20 mid-day sale will coincide with the opening weekend of this year's Scappoose Farmers' Market.

"The formerly drab gray concrete and white sheetrock walls have been transformed into a colorful and welcoming area full of books for readers of all ages," Dan White, the library's director, stated.

Aside from its purpose as a storage area for surplus books and venue for the monthly book sale, the subfloor level of the library houses a teen room adorned with tables and rocking-style modern chairs. The area is quiet, but well used. Just before 4 p.m. on a Wednesday, four teens pour out of the room, a sort of secret hideaway for homework or study time.

Books are sold at bargain prices. Adult books are $2 each for hardbound copies and $1 for paperbacks. Childrens' books are $1 for hardbound and 50 cents for paperback versions.

Each child who attends the book sale gets to pick out a book to take home and keep for free.

The monthly sale helps fund summer reading programs and children's activities, as well as the purchase of furniture for the library when needed.