The line of people waiting to buy books at the Friends of the Library Book Sale backed up into the parking lot Thursday evening.
The opening day of the four-day Azalea Festival event at the Chetco Community Public Library was a rousing success. As soon as the doors opened at 5:30 p.m., people spilled in with boxes and plastic bags, snapping up volumes like hungry book worms.
"It went very well," said "Friends" member Coo Clarkson. "We're delighted so far."
Clarkson said volunteers had been preparing for the event since last Monday. When asked how many books were on sale, she heaved a heavy sigh and said, "At this point I'd say about four million!"
The prices are 25 cents for paperbacks and 50 cents for hardbacks. Newer books in quality condition are $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks.
According to Clarkson, the sale pulled in $2,000 the first day.
"That's a a lot of books for that price," she said. "It was absolutely incredible. We want to thank the community for their support."
The sale continues through this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today (May 25) and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.