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Hamburg Library weeds out collection for used book sale

STACKS ON STACKS ON STACKS — The Hamburg Public Library was attended by word-seekers and book lovers, from Nov. 21 – 23 for the library’s used book sale. Photos by Alicia Greco.
HAMBURG — The Hamburg Public Library held a used book sale Nov. 21 – 23. It has been ongoing for so many years that head librarian Tom Carloni said he is not quite sure when the first one occurred.

Books for sale were separated by genre; most were being sold for $1, although a table of paperbacks and videotapes held items priced at 50 cents.

A line of people stood at the door at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21. “I used to work in retail,” Carloni said, with a laugh. “It was like Christmas [in here].” According to Carloni, there was hardly elbow room for the first hour, on the first day of the sale.

The library routinely cleans its shelves of books that are old, not circulating or outdated. When prompted to give an estimate of how many books comprised the sale, Carloni responded, “Quite a few ... I couldn’t even begin to guess.

“We’re consistently adding new materials, which is why we’re weeding out the old ones,” Carloni added.

The cleaning of the library’s collection is an ongoing process, Carloni said. He added that this sale was especially crucial now, because of the library renovation’s looming on the horizon.

New and current books and media are being tagged with radio-frequency identification. These tags are utilized for both security and for a self-checkout system. According to Carloni, every item the library staff members get rid of is one fewer thing they have to tag.

The Hamburg Public Library is located at 102 Buffalo St.

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