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Tyler Library finishes sale with thousands of items off its shelves

A leftover history book sits on the shelf at the end of the sale. (Source: KLTV) A leftover history book sits on the shelf at the end of the sale. (Source: KLTV)
Nick Sciarrini pulls a box down from a shelf in the back. (Source: KLTV) Nick Sciarrini pulls a box down from a shelf in the back. (Source: KLTV)
Adam Aburayan wheels a cart of books into the parking lot. (Source: KLTV) Adam Aburayan wheels a cart of books into the parking lot. (Source: KLTV)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

It's a sale that's been happening for more than a decade, and for every one of those years there's been a volunteer at the front of it. His name is Nick Sciarrini, and every spring he helps organize the Tyler Public Library's book sale.

By three in the afternoon on Sunday, the library was out of bags for customers to take their books home in. So Sciarrini scoured the storage area for small boxes.

"These will do for the last hour of the sale," he said pulling a few boxes from shelving in the back. "I don't want anyone to walk away because there wasn't something for them to put their [books] in."

He wheeled the cart of boxes out into the lobby, navigating around a few readers sitting in the children's section. The boxes he's bringing out will take home history books, picture books, audio cassettes, anything on the sale shelves, all for a few bucks.

"There's several purposes for doing this," Sciarrini said. "One is to get rid of some books. We want to make a little bit of money for the library, not a lot. The third thing is we want to promote literacy."

Customers can fill a larger box with books for seven bucks. And during this week, Sciarrini says he's always on his feet.

"I probably lose seven or eight pounds in the week we do this," he laughed. "Of course, I gain it all back the following week!"

And as the sale finally kicked into its full literary swing, he had some help from other volunteers. Adam Rayburn is taking time from his spring break to lend a hand.

"Since I like books," the Chapel Hill High School freshman said, "I though I could do my [service] hours around books at the library."

He's getting some volunteer hours for school. He mans the front, counting and tallying the books, and helps ferry the boxes outside to trunks and back seats.

As for the sale, about Sciarrini says about 10,000 items have left the shelves over the past week. All sold at the right price, by this team.

The library raised around $4,000 in this year's sale. Normally, the proceeds would go toward buying new books for circulation, but this year that money will go toward funding STEM programs in Tyler.

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