Hundreds of area bookworms made their way to the Pittsburg Public Library Saturday to find fresh reading material.

Hundreds of area bookworms made their way to the Pittsburg Public Library Saturday to find fresh reading material.

Each February the Friends of the Pittsburg Public Library host a book sale to raise money for the library. The idea is for club members and other area residents to buy donated the books — the library donates books too, as it cleans out its stock of books and periodicals that no longer get checked out — and then donate them back to be resold at the next sale. The sale began years ago as a romance novel sale for Valentine’s day before evolving into its current setup, organizer Diane James said.

“The bulk of the books are donated by members, but some of them are books the library discards,” James said. “Libraries are changing because of the internet, which has changed how books are checked out. They usually get rid of books that are no longer checked out or that there is no more interest in.”

The money from the sale is donated to support the library. The February record was set last year, with a total of $1,800 in sales, club member Mark Johnson said. There is a bigger sale held annually on Labor Day weekend, and the library has a book store of sorts in the computer lab where buyers can shop year-round. Each year both sales generate more than $10,000 for the library.

Johnson said before noon that at least 300 people had been in to browse the selection of books, which included everything from novels about Japan to manuals on how to make Norwegian sweaters. There was even a 26-volume set of books about World War II, and a collection of the complete works of Charles Dickens.

There were shoppers of all sorts, from teachers looking for educational material for their classrooms to book resellers. There were good Samaritans as well. Pamela Johnson and Renee Beck made the trip from Liberal, Mo., for the sale. Johnson said she donates the books to nursing homes.

“I take them to residents with no money to buy books,” she said.

Beck said it was her first time at the sale.

“There’s a good selection here,” she said.