Capt. Nathan Nguyen, a student with Special Warfare Education Group (Airborne), put three books down at the checkout counter: “The Martian” by Andy Weir, “1984” by George Orwell and “Geography of Time ” by Robert V. Levine.
“$2.50,” said Mary Vargas, Throckmorton Library technician.
Nguyen fished out small bills, some change and handed it to Vargas. He was one of the many patrons who visited the biannual book sale hosted by Throckmorton Library Oct. 4.
The sale was stocked with donation driven items given to the library by the Fort Bragg community throughout the year. Items on sale included about 3,000 books, 1,000 DVDs, 100 CDs and 25 video games, Vargas said.
The sale began at 10 a.m. and by the end of the day, the library had ¾ of the inventory sold.
According to Vargas, all the money made from this sale and past sales are kept internally to fund in-house activities such as children’s programs and buy new furniture and equipment.
“So far we’ve bought four new computers for the kids’ room,” she said.
These sales garner approximately $5,000 to $6,000 in profit each year, said Amanda Oakley, library technician.
Another benefit of hosting these sales, she said, is to provide an opportunity for people in and around the installation to donate.
“(Patrons) always ask how do we get all these books in,” she said. “They can always bring books up to our circulation desk to bring more donations for the library.
“They enjoy that it’s coming back into the library and that everyone is benefitting from it here.”
The library book sale features such a wide variety of media and genres, there is always something for everyone.
“We get donations from so many far flung people,” Vargas said. “The military reading section, generally (sells out) first because of where we are. And then the children’s section goes extremely fast. I just love that (patrons) can get all these books for this cheap. It’s a community service as well as it’s a service for the library, being the money stays here.”
For Nguyen, he found out about the event by following the Fort Bragg Facebook page when Hurricane Florence made landfall a few weeks ago because that’s where he got information. From there he saw an advertisement for the book sale.
“I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but I found things I’d probably read,” he said. “I think it’s a pretty diverse collection and how everything is set up, it’s convenient so you can find a certain category.”