Pages for Pennies

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OTTUMWA — Attention area bookworms. The feast is about to begin.

The annual Pages for Pennies book sale begins Friday at Bridge View Center and runs through Sunday. The sale includes thousands of items, including CDs, DVDs, records, board games and sheet music. Books are the main focus, though, and readers can find books available on almost any subject.

This year’s sale is at Bridge View Center and is free each day. Friday opens at noon and runs through 8 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the sale concludes Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hardcover books sell for $2 apiece. Paperback books are priced at $1 each.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Ottumwa Public Library, Bridge View Center, Inc., and the Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The annual sale comes as the library begins to look ahead to the summer reading program, which was announced Tuesday. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.”

Children up to age 14 can participate and will receive a reading log when they register. They turn in the logs at the end of June, July, and a shortened August. Each completed log is worth a goodie bag of prizes and an entry for the grand prize drawing for their ages.

The grand prizes include a dress-up space suit and rocket play tent for children in preschool and younger, a children’s telescope and VIP pass to Tee-Rex Mini Golf for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, and an Amazon gift card for children in sixth through eighth grades.

High school students can participate in a similar reading program, with rewards for logs completed and a drawing for an Amazon gift card.

This year’s adult program offers a prize for signing up and drawings for gift certificates at local businesses. Information is available at the library’s front desk.