WILKES-BARRE – Good reads and good meals were enjoyed in equal measure on Saturday afternoon at the northern branch of the Osterhout Free Library, as the Friends of Osterhout held their annual sale of books, baskets and pastries.
The library has held the annual book sale for about 12 years, since the North Branch moved to its current home on Oliver Street in Wilkes-Barre, according to librarian Joanne Austin.
Austin has been with the North Branch for about the same time (although she’s been a librarian for longer) and she said it makes her so happy to see the turnout for the book sale, especially now. for young readers.
“Watching the kids find something to take home is amazing,” Austin said. “We got someone to buy the whole stack of Harry Potter books.”
Everything was served at good prices on the shelves: hardcovers sold for only a dollar and paperbacks for 50 cents. Children’s books have become even cheaper.
A popular option was, for $5, patrons could take a bag provided by the Osterhout and fill it with as many paperbacks as they could hold.
On one side of the room was the “Patisserie” section of the book, basket and bake sale – a long table filled with delicious desserts, cookies, cakes and much more.
The afternoon also featured a raffle with prizes to be won, with all proceeds going to the northern branch of Osterhout.
Austin was stationed at the ticket table for the raffle and said the sale had a big rush as soon as the doors opened at 11 a.m.
She said it’s the patrons, the members of the community who use the library, that she values the most.
“I like the books, but I really like the people here,” she said.