Until I attended my first Friends of the Library Book Sale a couple years ago, I had never heard of anyone buying books by the inch. But that's exactly what happens twice per year at the Quincy Public Library.

Keith Levit

During the sale, buyers bring their finds to the front desk, where a volunteer measures the stack with a ruler. The books are then sold based on how tall the stack is. The rate is 50 cents per inch.

It's unusual, but for those of us that enjoy reading, it's also a great opportunity to get a ton of great material for very little money. I always leave with a ton of stuff, and I don't think I've ever spent more than four or five dollars.

The Spring Book Sale is scheduled for April 3 - 5. Hours will be from noon - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4 - 5. As an added incentive for making additional purchases, books are half-price on Saturday.

Used books, audio books, VHS taps, DVDs, collectible books and compact discs are items that will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the Quincy Public Library.