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Book sale to help send books and more to troops

Suzanne Speed picks out a few books, at least one by a favored author Robert Parker, to buy at Saturday’s “Operation Paperback” book sale held at the Palmyra Road United Methodist Church. The proceeds will help the group ship books to armed forces member overseas.

Suzanne Speed picks out a few books, at least one by a favored author Robert Parker, to buy at Saturday’s “Operation Paperback” book sale held at the Palmyra Road United Methodist Church. The proceeds will help the group ship books to armed forces member overseas.

ALBANY, Ga. — When they are not carrying out their duties, American troops can get just plain bored living in a foreign culture.

Operation Paperback formed to help relieve the troops’ boredom by sending them donated books, CDs, DVDs, comics, puzzles and electronic games. It held a surplus book sale as a fundraiser Saturday at Palmyra Road United Methodist Church.

“It all started when a soldier wrote home during the Gulf War asking for some books because he was bored,” said Myra Hundley, who with Sandy Peacock are local volunteers with the organization.

“His wife and family sent him books,” Hundley said. “Pretty soon they were joined by others and Operation paperback took off. The soldiers prefer paperbacks. But we take donations of hardbacks too.”

The cost of shipping the books overseas is covered by donations and sales of hardbacks that are surplus. The Saturday sale raised money to pay for shipments.

“This is an excellent sale. It is very well run and the books are organized alphabetically and by book type,” said Suzanne Speed, a book-loving customer. “Where else could you get gently used $20 hardbacks just like new for a dollar? And it is for a good cause.”

Book lovers kept coming in the door and leaving with stacks of books during the 7-hour sale. There were some slightly damaged books left outside in boxes that were for free. John Morris stopped to pick through those before entering the sale in the churches social hall.

“I like to buy and read books,” Morris said. “I think that this sale is a darn good idea. It helps the troops and I get some books.”

Learn more about the organization at its website operationpaperback.org. To donate Hundley can be reached at (229) 669-3403 0r by email at arym@ix.netcom.com.