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Line up summer reading for family

CorrespondentMay 9, 2013 


This weekend is the annual Wake County Public Libraries book sale at the State Fairgrounds, where more than 400,000 books are on sale at deep discount.


This weekend is the annual Wake County Public Libraries book sale at the State Fairgrounds, where more than 400,000 books are on sale at deep discount.

The sale started Thursday and continues until Sunday, but Saturday looks like the best day to go if you want to make it a family event.

On that day, the Reading Festival will provide entertainment for kids. There will be live music as well as crafts and other children’s activities. Kids can make a Mother’s Day card at one craft table.

The book sale is an yearly event that raises money for the libraries, something that’s needed now more than now. Budget reductions in recent years have forced the libraries to cut the number of titles they add to their collections and reduce borrowing times.

The books for sale are donated and culled from the library collection because of low use.

Library officials say they expect more than 18,000 people to come over four days.

The sale begins at 10 a.m. today and Saturday and closes at 7 p.m. On Sunday, it’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The prices get a bit lower each day.

Today, hardcover books are $4 each and paperbacks are $1. Saturday, hardbacks go down to $2 each. And on Sunday, you can haul out a box of books for $5 or a bag for $2.

• You’ve probably heard that Sunday is Mother’s Day, but I’ll bet you didn’t know that it is also the start of National Bear Awareness Week, an event intended to protect bears by educating the public about them.

You can celebrate it at the N.C. Museum of Life & Science in Durham, which is home to four black bears: Mimi, Virginia, Gus and Yona.

A bear keeper will speak at 2 p.m. each day next week, educating visitors about where bears fit into North Carolina’s ecosystem and how bears are cared for at the museum.

You are sure to pick up plenty of fun facts about bears. For instance, did you know that bears’ closest living relatives are weasels, seals and wolves?

• Lastly, there’s a unusual event in the works in Garner: an outdoor movie combined with a family camping night at Lake Benson Park. It’s not until May 17, but you have to register in advance if you want to camp.

Families can set up camp in the park at 6 p.m. At dark, the movie “Wreck-It Ralph” will be shown on a giant screen. You must break camp by 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Register at or call 919-661-6982 for more information.

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