Bargain books raise funds for youth

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With prices ranging from 25 cents to three dollars a used book sale in Truro provided shoppers with great value for their money.

Shoppers were able to pick up books at bargain prices on Friday and Saturday when a used book sale was held at Immaculate Conception Church. Funds raised through the sale go toward the church’s youth programs.

The annual event was held at Immaculate Conception Church Friday evening and Saturday morning.

“We’ve been holding this every year for 11 years now,” said volunteer Melanie Ballard. “People drop off books during the weeks before the sale and we price them. The majority of them come from people who attend the church. We get thousands and there’s lots of variety so we organize them so that it’s easy to find the type of book you’re looking for.”

Funds from this year’s sale are going toward the costs for young people to attend the Steubenville Atlantic Youth Conference, being held in Halifax in July.

The youth attending the conference, and their parents, helped organize and operate the book sale.

“I bring in books but I end up buying more than I donate,” said Ballard. “I think most of the volunteers buy a few. One of the benefits of helping with this is that you get to see the books and choose the ones you want early.”

Books that are unsold and donated to other sales or to the Colchester Community Workshops’ New to You store.

Geographic location: Halifax, Colchester Community

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