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Library hosting April 1-3 book sale, April 2 readings for National Library Week

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND   Members of the campus and community are invited to the annual National Library Week used book sale at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library.

     Scheduled April 1-3, the sale will offer a large and varied fiction section, as well as books on cooking, music, sports, politics, history, business, and many more. Some VHS tapes, DVDs, and music CD's will also be available. 
     The book sale will take place in the library lobby Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon.

        “Come and browse through the tables of bargains and treasures!” said Library Director Eric Johnson. He said most books will be priced between 50 cents and $1, and sales will be cash only (no checks or credit cards).
     Also in celebration of National Library Week, the library is hosting an evening of readings on Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m., on the third floor. 
     "The annual 'Readings at Sims' event showcases the many talented community writers and encourages literacy through listening," said Johnson. "Join us as we have the pleasure of listening to five local writers read selections from their creative works."
     This year featured writers are Mackie Blanton, retired associate dean and associate professor of English, University of New Orleans, and an adjunct member of the Southeastern English Department; Southeastern English professor Richard Louth, director of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project; Slidell High School English teacher Brant Osborn, an SLWP teacher-consultant; and Richard Wallace and Hillary Warren, 2008 master's degree recipients at Southeastern. 
     Light refreshments and drawings for door prizes will follow the readings. For additional information please call 549-2027, or visit

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