Volunteer Kelvin Walker of York City arranges books Tuesday while preparing for York Hospital Auxiliary’s Book Nook Bonanza this weekend at the York
Volunteer Kelvin Walker of York City arranges books Tuesday while preparing for York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza this weekend at the York City Ice Arena. Over 250,000 used books of all genres as well as artwork, games and vinyl albums are available at the event. It will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, with a half-price sale from 1-5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

Attention, book lovers: The 56th annual Book Nook Bonanza will soon hit York City.

The York Hospital Auxiliary will hold this year's event from Friday, June 20, to Sunday, June 22.

The Book Nook features about 250,000 discounted books, CDs, DVDs, records, puzzles and games, said Lisa Oriolo, events specialist with WellSpan Health's York Health Foundation.

"It's just the place to find the books you're looking for," she said.

Details: As one of the largest used book sales on the East Coast, the event is already attracting attention, Oriolo said.

"I'm already getting calls from people all over the East Coast," she said.

York Hospital Emergency Room nurses Jodi Walter, left, of Lewisberry, and Sarah Hare of Spring Garden Township, joke with York Hospital Auxiliary board
York Hospital Emergency Room nurses Jodi Walter, left, of Lewisberry, and Sarah Hare of Spring Garden Township, joke with York Hospital Auxiliary board member Tony Matero of Dallastown as they organize books Tuesday, June 17, 2014, while preparing for York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza this weekend at the York City Ice Arena. Over 250,000 used books of all genres as well as artwork, games and vinyl albums are available at the event. It runs Friday, June 20, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. when books are half price and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

The event will once again be held at the York City Ice Area, 941 Vander Ave., which allows organizers to put all the books in one location and divide them into categories, Oriolo said.

Last year, about 3,000 to 4,000 people came through — more shoppers than she's seen in the last 10 years, she said.

The Book Nook benefits a different WellSpan program each year: Last year's sales raised more than $60,000 for its Sexual Assault Forensic Exam nurse team, which examines victims of sexual abuse.

This year's proceeds will go toward the auxiliary's Small Grants Program, which gives out grants to WellSpan entities that help out the community, Oriolo said.


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Selection: All the sale items are donated by community members and, after a slow and snowy winter, Book Nook staff saw an outpouring of donations, she said.

"We are just swamped with donations of books this year, so we anticipate a big sale," she said.

A few highlights of this year's sale include a large amount of artwork, music, children's items and reference books for homeschoolers and new teachers, Oriolo said.

"We have more games and puzzles than ever ... We also have a really nice old and rare section this year," she said.

Many of the gems sell early in the weekend, and hundreds of people typically begin to line up on Friday morning, Oriolo said.

A couple of special offers will pop up throughout the weekend. Of note is a half-price sale from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's popular $5-per-yard sale, where shoppers can buy a yardstick's length of books for $5, she said.

The Book Nook partners with the York Rescue Mission, which recycles the unused books at the end of the weekend, putting them to use in different ways, Oriolo said.

"So many community neighbors benefit from the funds from this, so it really is a great community project," she said.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.