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Don't judge these books by their cover price
Times photo: Brenda Steurer Leah Hill of Monroe checks out the used books on sale Friday at the Monroe Public Library. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
MONROE - Buyers seeking a rare book spent Friday in the basement of the Monroe Public Library.

The shelves were lined with books about history and historical figures, entertainment, science and medicine, as well as Westerns, cookbooks and children's books. They were sold to help raise money for new material at the library.

It was a treasure trove for book lovers.

Rachael Rupp, who works at the library, said books often are sold because they've no longer been checked out for several years.

That doesn't make them any less valuable or interesting to people who collect books.

"People come here to find that rare book they can't find anyplace else," she said.

Rita Benkert, Monroe, went to the library's book sale for the first time Friday. She said she visits book stores from time to time to find books that are hard to find.

She bought books for her children, she said. She encourages her children to read, she added.

"It's nice to look at a book instead of going to a computer," she said.

At $1.50 for a hardcover and 50 cents for a softcover, the books were reasonably priced, she said.

"How can you beat those prices?" she laughed.

Jean Busker, Monroe, shopped for some Christmas presents.

There also were movies and books on tape for sale.

"I just came to browse," she said.

Before she was done, she had purchased a few items.

"I like these book sales," she said.

The sale continues today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.