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Book sale provides good books for troops

Photo by Joe Bellacomo

Photo by Joe Bellacomo

ALBANY, Ga. -- Since 1999, Operation Paperback has supported American troops by providing reading material at no charge, according to Tallahassee-based director Gary Callaway, a retired colonel.

On Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., the organization will host a book sale at First United Methodist Church at 1600 Palmyra Road in Albany to fund the efforts of Operation Paperback.

"Prices are rock bottom and the books are in great shape," according to Myra Hundley, a volunteer for the organization since 2008.

Donations of new or used books, as well as monetary donations, will be accepted also, Hundley said.

According to the organization, while book donations are encouraged, often there is a significant duplication of titles requested by service personnel. Those accumulated titles may be sold to provide funds to purchase books actually requested, and to cover the cost of shipping.

"We get a whole lot more book donations than we can ship out," Hundley said, "so the sales help with postage."

Operation Paperback's primary goal is to send paperback books to troops in the field and to overseas bases. However, many books, including hardbacks, are sent to base libraries, hospitals, ships, and sometimes domestic bases and families, Callaway said.

Hundley's involvement with O.P came a few years ago when she noticed a book store throwing out unsold books -- by the case, she said.

"Don't do that anymore," she told them. "I'll find a place."

According to Hundley, she was concerned not only with the idea of wasting good books, but also with the "green violation" of massive dumping into landfills.

Eventually she connected with Operation Paperback and was happy to do something toward solving both problems. Hundley serves the organization mostly by collecting books and materials.

"I think our troops are really extending themselves and making sacrifices," she said, "This is just one simple little thing I can do."

Hundley said that book donations for Operation Paperback may be made at Ambiance Day Spa and Salon, 2516 Dawson Road; the Northwest Public Library, 2507 Dawson Road; the Book Barn, at Village Green Shopping Center on Dawson Road, and Tony's Gym at 623 North Westover Road.

For information, or to donate materials previous to the sale, contact Hundley at (229) 669-3403.