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CHAMBERSBURG >> Some 70,000 books will go on sale at bargain prices when the 31st Annual Friends of Legal Services Book Sale opens its doors at 9 a.m. May 8.

"This should be one our greatest sales yet," said Ed Steckel, a Friends volunteer. "We have an enormous range of books of every type imaginable."

The sale will take place over three days -- May 8 through 10 -- in Laird Hall at Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Ave.

Hours are as follows: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

The sale also features CDs, DVDs, sheet music, artwork, maps, puzzles, games, books on tape, rare books and collector's items. Volunteers will replenish the tables with more books throughout the sale.

"We have a tremendous quantity of wonderful fiction and non-fiction books, with a huge selection of mysteries, science fiction, young adult, sports, military, romance, and art and architecture books," said Ellen Gigliotti, the group's president.

Other big categories include novels, cookbooks, literature, poetry, Civil War, Americana, do-it-yourself, home and garden, nature, hobbies, needlework, pets, history, biography, religion, music, supernatural, politics, science, education, large print, Westerns, humor, travel, world cultures, foreign language, reference, regional interest, medicine, science and technology, education, business—all sorted by category.

Additional notable offerings this year are a large number of CDs, more than 1,000 LP albums from the 1950s through the 1980s, and a large collection of foreign language books, especially in German and Japanese.

Most paperbacks cost 50 cents. May 10 is bargain bag day, with patrons allowed to fill a grocery sack with books of their choice for just $5. After three grocery sacks, the fourth is free.

The book sale attracts not just readers but also collectors. "We have more than the usual number of children series books in the collectable section for those who want to complete their set of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and even older book series," said long-time volunteer Joan Norcross. There will be a table of non-bid special books, and rare books and collector's items will be offered for sale by silent reserve auction. Bids will be accepted from the start of the sale through the end of the day Saturday.

A partial list of this year's rare books offerings is:

• Alexander, Ted. The 126th Pennsylvania. Signed by the author.

• Bird Bulletin set. 15 bird booklets from services as diverse as NY State College of Forestry, USDA, US Department of the Interior and others.

• Bowers, William S. Craftsmen of Franklin County, Penna. 1784-1884. Signed by the author.; and Gunsmiths of PEN-MAR-VA 1790-1840. Signed by the author. (reserve: $100).

• Dickey, Thomas S. & Peter C. George. Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War. (reserve: $50).

• Eisenberg, J. Linwood, ed. A History of the Church of the Brethren in Southern District of Pennsylvania by the Historical Committee.

• Enoch Brown Sesqui-Centennial Memorial Services set.

• Harvard Classics Set. 1910 Harvard Classics, 50 volumes

• International Textbook Company set. 12 volumes from Scranton, PA company.

• McCormick-Deering Line General Catalog No. 27. Chicago: International Harvester Company, n.d.

• Markham, Gervase, Jefferies, G., and Experienced Indians. Many other items pasted in book.

• Martine, Arthur. Martine's Hand-Book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness.

• Das Neue Teftament von D. Martin Luther (In German).

• Phillips, Coles. A Young Man's Fancy. Decorations by E. Stetson Crawford.

• Roosevelt Wild Life Bulletin set. 5 original volumes: To be sold with 17 publications by USDA, Pennsylvania Bulletin set and others.

• The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses.

• Thrush, Ambrose Watts M.D. Medical Men of Franklin County 1750-1925.

• USDA North American Fauna Set. 13 volumes.

• Voltaire. The Works of Voltaire, a Contemporary Version, 10 volumes.

For details of the above books, visit www.fcls.net.

Many local businesses served as collection sites for books since February, and support for the sale was provided by F&M Trust and the Law Offices of DiLoreto, Cosentino & Bolinger.

Parking is free at Wilson College but parking signs and officers will be stationed in parking areas. Lunches and snacks will be sold on site, and gourmet coffee will be available Friday and Saturday.

Proceeds of the sale help provide legal services to local low-income residents and victims of domestic violence.

The organization is also seeking volunteers to help transport, sort, price, and box books, to help set up future sales and clean up afterwards, and to staff the sale. Those interested in volunteering, whether this year or next, should call Gloria Keener at 262-2326.

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