Annual used book sale gearing up for October return, seeking donations

Staff Writer

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) annual used book sale will return to the Treasure Island courtyard at 55th Street this Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11 to Oct 13.

The book sale usually features between 30,000 and 40,000 books, according to organizer Jane Ciacci, an HP-K CC board member co-chairing the group’s book sale committee. The HP-K CC is collecting book donations in Treasure Island’s basement through end of September.

“Many of our donations come from people who have lived in the neighborhood a long time, and typically they’re moving from a house to Montgomery Place or they’re retiring and they’re leaving the area,” Ciacci said.

The traditional event remains mostly the same every year, save for varying selections and slight changes in categories, Ciacci says. Books on sale typically span more than 50 categories, ranging from cookbooks to mysteries. This year organizers will work on adding a new category for books related to current events.

Like last year, prices will be $2 for hardcovers, $1 for trade paperbacks, 50 cents for regular paperbacks, 50 cents for audio and visual content and ten cents for copies of National Geographic and poetry magazines.

“It’s like the garden fair — you come there, you see your friends, you look for books,” Ciacci said.