Latest edition of Berks Book Bonanza underway in new home

Used-book sale runs through 3 p.m. Sunday

WYOMISSING, Pa. - The 2018 edition of the Berks Book Bonanza boasts boxes and boxes of books.

"There's a lot of books, and I like reading," said 3rd grader Victoria Wittich of Mt. Penn.

"I know with everything going digital, I still love to have the book in my hand," said Erica Rowe of Shillington, who attended the opening of the Berks Book Bonanza.

It's also drawing big crowds.

"We were so crowded that if I personally had come to the sale, I would have gone home," said Vicki Steinberg, the bonanza's chair.

The one thing that's different this year is the location. The Berks Book Bonanza is being held at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing through Sunday.

The new location replaces the used-book sale's former home in the Red Building at the VF Outlet Center. The building is being torn down as part of a redevelopment of the site.

The new home is also a bright spot for neighboring stores in the mall.

"This is very nice," said Rowe, who also works in the mall. "It's helping out with the rest of the stores. business-wise and so forth."

The annual sale, however, is still in search of a permanent spot.

"It's very important for them to find another location," said Kim Wittich of Mt. Penn. "It's great for the community, great for all kids, all adults."

As book-buyers thumb through the donated collections, organizers and volunteers want to remind everyone what's behind the book sales.

"The money goes to the Friends of Berks County Public Libraries and they distribute it to all of the Berks County libraries for programming," Steinberg said.

In order to maximize how much money organizers can donate, the sale needs a new home with little to no rent.

"We can't afford to pay for a place, because then we wouldn't have the money to go to the scholarships and libraries, so we really need someone to give it to us for a minimal fee," Steinberg explained.

The Berks Book Bonanza wraps up at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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