Number of books at Oklahoma City library sale is incredible

By Carrie Coppernoll Modified: February 18, 2010 at 8:37 am •  Published: February 18, 2010

Hundreds and hundreds of romance novels cover tables and the floors underneath.

I can’t even imagine how many pictures of bare-chested muscle men inappropriately hugging up on barely-dressed ladies must be on these tables.

Creepy.

But there are plenty more tables piled full with books at State Fair Park that don’t involve groping. Thousands and thousands of paperbacks and hardcovers line long tables, waiting for thousands of readers to buy them in the next few days during the 31st annual Friends of the Library Book Sale. There must be enough books here to build a replica Taj Mahal.

The volume of paper is mind-boggling, and it makes the number of volunteers look small.

They unbox books, stack them and crawl on the floor to arrange stacks of children’s books, reference books, cookbooks. They move full boxes on dollies and arrange reserve piles according to category.

All these volunteers must be a bunch of bibliomaniacs who fly through more books in a weekend than I did in high school. These folks must be walking dictionaries, walking encyclopedias.

Not really, organizers Carol Miressi and Enda Burroughs said. The volunteers mostly just want to give back to the community. Some are readers. Some aren’t.

"You think, ‘I was part of this,’” Miressi said. "They could have done it without me, but I was part of this.”

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