A good book, for a buck or two

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
By Brandy Dolce

Joyce Peterson, who's visiting from Florida, checks out the books for sale at the Brielle Public Library during its annual sale. (MICHAEL SYPNIEWSKI photo)

Joyce Peterson, who's visiting from Florida, checks out the books for sale at the Brielle Public Library during its annual sale. (MICHAEL SYPNIEWSKI photo)

The light thump of books being stackedĀ into small piles beats out an uneven rhythm from the meeting room in the Brielle Public Library, where the biannual book sale is under way.

Searching fingers wade through hundreds of books arranged on tables, racks and shelves in the building at Union Lane and South Street. A curious hand plucks the occasional tome, video or album from the allotment for closer inspection.

“I have to control myself,” says Kathy Sininsky, 55, of Wall. Just minutes after the sale begins, she’s holding six books and carefully shifts their weight to inspect another.

At $1 and $2 per hardcover, one could walk away with a private library of one’s own. John Cunion, 59, owns such a collection, with about 1,000 books gracing the shelves of his Lakewood home. Displaying an alphabetized book log, he says, “I probably have enough books to last me the next 10 years, and I’ll still be going to book sales.”

Chilla Szoka, Carteret, says the new condition of the books made the 45-minute ride with her mother, Maria, in the early morning rain worth the jaunt.

At the front desk, Library Director Richard Bidnick dismisses some books he forgot to ring up and includes them for free. A $100 purchase is the highest so far, but the sale still has two days to go.

“It’s all for new books for the library,” he says with an anticipatory smile.

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