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Librarian finds new money in old books

Librarian finds new money in old books

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BOUNTIFUL -- A librarian at Bountiful Elementary School has discovered a novel way to deal with outdated books and make up for some lean-budget times as well.

Librarian Sheri Thompson spent part of her summer vacation converting a corner of the library into a bookstore. She said she made an offer regarding a badly-cluttered storage room downstairs that the principal couldn't refuse.

"The deal was that I'd clean it out and anything that I found that wasn't curriculum or wanted by the teachers, I could have for the bookstore," Thompson explained.

That turned out to be hundreds, if not thousands, of books--ranging from textbooks to teaching materials to fiction and non-fiction books.

"I've got some beautiful things, the kind that people buy just to put on their shelf just because they look nice, and they've never been opened," Thompson said.

Books that were too old or damaged to be sold found another use. Thompson cut out the illustrations and mounted them on painted wooden boxes.

She also cleaned and re-painted a number of chairs, some of which she says have been around since the ‘50s.

"I've tried to price things so that people will say ‘Gosh, I can afford to do this,'" she said.

Thompson doesn't think she's "giving away" any antiques, but she said if someone can turn around and sell something on eBay for hundreds of dollars, that's fine with her.

When the bookstore opened on the first day of school and on back-to-school night, Thompson said they made $400. That's half the money needed for a new book order.

Thompson hopes to keep the bookstore open throughout the year. It's open to the public twice a week after school.


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