It's like Black Friday for bookworms.
Every year, a line of bibliophiles snakes through the Civic Center as they wait to get into the Kanawha Public Library's annual used book sale.
"Some of them probably get there at 7 or earlier to get in line," sale coordinator Sandy Frercks said.
The annual used book sale, opening at 9 a.m. this Saturday, is one of the library's biggest fundraisers. It generated $42,000 last year alone.
Frercks said the event brought in about $30,000 in previous years. She attributed 2010's success to Margaret McGarrity, a part time library employee who works exclusively on the sale.
Before hiring McGarrity, library employees used their free time to organize books to be sold.
"She's able to be more selective and get out the best stuff we've got," Frercks said.
McGarrity also was able to sort through the stacks and pick out rare books for the "Collector's Corner," where book prices range from $5 to $100 and above.
That section includes rare and antique books, first-edition copies, books with author autographs and history books with regional angles.
Librarians regularly remove unpopular and out-of-date books from library stacks to make room for new materials.
"When new items come in and things are out of date, they'll weed them out," Frercks said.
Members of the public also donate unwanted books to the library.
Once a month, maintenance workers take boxes of books to the library's storage unit on Bigley Avenue, where the books are shrink-wrapped and placed on pallets.
She doesn't know how many books will be for sale this year, but there are more than 1,000 boxes and other materials in storage waiting to be set out.