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Museum book sale returns next Thursday

Choose from thousands of titles at the 20th annual Shacksboro Schoolhouse book sale.

Opening at 5 p.m. the afternoon of Thursday Sept. 9, the annual used book sale benefits The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. The event will be held Sept. 9 through 13 on the museum grounds located at 46 Canton St. in the village's McHarrie Park.

Relying upon generous donations of gently used books and hundreds of volunteer hours in preparing and conducting the sale, the event offers more than 10,000 books. Books are arranged by category and both hard covers and paper backs are available. Categories include fiction, mystery, biography, gardening, cooking, history, craft, travel, religion, philosophy, military and more. Last year's sale offered more than 40 categories. A large selection of children's books is also available.

The sale is set up under large tents on the museum's south lawn with daily hours held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Ample free parking is available on the grounds.

Donations of used books are accepted throughout the year from Oct. 1 to mid-August. The day before school opens the huge inventory of books is moved from the storage area to the museum by Baldwinsville's varsity football team. The sale opens each year on the Thursday following Labor Day.

The annual book sale is the museum's primary fundraiser. Located in a restored 19th century schoolhouse, the museum is open year round. Dedicated to local history, the museum collects and preserves Baldwinsville artifacts and archival material. It offers changing exhibitions, research opportunities, programs and special events throughout the year. Its signature project is the preservation of Baldwinsville's rich peony farm history. The museum gift shop specializes in Baldwinsville items as well as local history books. The museum has no paid employees and operates solely with a volunteer staff.

Museum hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. For further information call 638-2452 or visit the museum online at shacksboromuseum.com.

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