Enoch Pratt Free Library Holds ‘Running Of The Books’

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With millions of items to keep track of, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has found a fun way to get rid of the things it no longer needs.

As Mike Schuh reports, the line formed early with bargain hunters.

The first person here prepared for a long wait.  The line was around the block, and the people were prepared for battle.

“You know, everyone’s familiar with the Running of the Brides at Filene’s,” said Roswell Encina, Enoch Pratt Free Library. “We’re calling this the ‘Running of the Books.'”

The doors at the main branch of the library system opened at 10 a.m. Friday.  

In the first few moments, the truly serious attacked the stacks, securing the best bargains.

With a scowl and a scanner, used book prices appeared on their screens.

Aside from the professionals, the genuine book lover was well represented.

“I like the mobster type books and suspense,” said Kerri Gaultney, buyer.

“This is ‘Life Illustrated,’ a periodical from the 1850s, and this is ‘Das Reich,’ a German publication,” said Bruce Goodman, buyer.

At a buck a book, you can see why there is so much interest.

“So it’s a great deal,” said Kerri Inaganti, shopper.

All weekend long, 15,000 items are to be brought out a little at a time, so the good stuff isn’t already picked over.

“We have staff members replenishing Saturday and Sunday, so if you can’t be here until Saturday or Sunday, we have plenty to choose from,” said Encina.

A few thousand dollars is raised every year. All the cash is put back into buying new materials.

‘The Running For The Books’ continues Saturday from 10 p.m. -5 p.m. and from Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday is Box Day.  If you bring your own box, you can fill it up with as many books as you want for $3.

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