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January 5, 2011 - Diane Speer
It's that time of year again when donations are coming in at a fairly good clip for our annual Newspapers in Education Book Sale. We are extremely fortunate to have this sale supported by our readers, both in terms of books donated and then books purchased on the day of the sale. This year's event is Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and it will take place in the beautiful new APlex facility. We're pretty excited about this new venue.

In the meantime, I usually reserve about an hour at the end of my work day to sort books and box them by category. Being an avid reader myself, it's always interesting to see what other people are reading and giving away. It's also easy to get sidetracked while I'm sorting by a book that looks a bit too interesting to immediately pack in a box for the future sale. Here are just a few that have caught my eye in the last week or so:

* "Cooking Pennsylvania Dutch Style" by Nelson Yoder. Since my roots are in Pennsylvania and since I like to cook, this cookbook (we've gotten in many cookbooks to date!) warranted a closer look. Turns out it was published in 1977 by Dutch Hollow Publishers in Comins and is filled with scrumptious sounding down-home cooking.

* A Reader's Digest publication of "Norman Rockwell's America" that contains all of the artist's quintessential drawings and text describing them.

* A 1958 copy of Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago." A close friend says this is among her favorite books of all time, and though I've read my share of the classics, never this one. It's still on my lengthy yet-to-be-read list.

* With a new granddaughter, I'm intrigued by all the great children's books that have been coming in and can only hope that little Isabelle Pearl Speer likes to read as much as her parents and grandparents do. Thus, the beautifully illustrated "Animalia" that teaches the alphabet and "The Children's Book of Virtues" that contains many of Aesop's fables and other stories from my own childhood definitely slowed down my sorting process.

* A charming Ideals publication entitled "Thus it is Written" that was published in 1963 and features stunning caligraphy of Biblical texts also warranted a second look. I know someone who does his own caligraphy work and this would be a perfect book for him!

Of course, there are many. many more volumes of fiction by current authors like James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Harlan Coben, Tom Clancey and John Grisham as well as books in just about every category expected like gardening, crafts, history, travel, spiritual and self-help. A big thank-you to everyone who has donated all these books so far and a bit of encourgement to others out there to drop off their good condition used books here at The News office, Monday through Friday during business hours. The deadline for making donations is Jan. 28.

After that, we'll plan on seeing you at the NIE Book Sale come Feb. 5. I can guarantee you will find a good bargain or two.


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