Book 'safari' raises $23,000 for Hastings Public Library
It was a scorcher outside this weekend as hundreds flocked to what was arguably the hottest ticket in town: the 30th annual "Visit Our Jungle" Book Sale presented by Friends of the Hastings Public Library Friday through Sunday at Hastings City Auditorium.
Temperatures creeping near triple digits on Friday and Saturday made the auditorium a cool place to beat the heat while cashing in on some of the best prices around on books, CDs, DVDs, and other media materials. Most of the items offered for sale were donated to the library during the year, with a smaller percentage of items made available through a purging of library materials.
Book collectors, used book store vendors and others looking to score deals paid a nominal fee on Friday to get first dibs on offerings, making the opening day resemble Black Friday as they scampered from table to table loading up on the more than 70,000 book offering available.
Tiffany Crouse, public relations director for the library, said when the doors closed on Sunday night, sales had reached $23,000.