Manchester resident Rachel Mooney said she comes to the Book Nook Bonanza for two reasons: It's for a good cause, and the books are cheap.
"I love books, and it's affordable — we can fill bags," she said.
The York Hospital Auxiliary's 56th annual event ran all weekend at the York City Ice Arena and featured 250,000 donated books, videos, CDs, puzzles and games.
In her third year attending the event, Mooney, 38, said she came in search of historical, military and political titles.
"There's still a lot of great books," she said Sunday with a large bag in hand.
Busy year: The Book Nook benefits a different WellSpan Health program each year. Proceeds from this year's event will go toward the auxiliary's Small Grants Program, which gives grants to WellSpan entities that help the community.
Thousands of shoppers came to this year's event, which raised more than $41,000 in sales and even more in support from sponsors, said Lisa Oriolo, events specialist with WellSpan's York Health Foundation.
"Our sales remained right on the money this year," she said.
On Friday morning, hundreds of book-lovers lined up for the sale hours before it began, she said. Some came from State College, others from as far as Ohio and Indiana.
"Books are not dead. Print is not dead. The Book Nook proves it," Oriolo said.
Recycling: As the event came to a close Sunday, volunteers began to pack up the depleted inventory.
Spring Grove-based Advance Global Literature will send some books to schools, colleges, seminaries, churches and individuals in India.
York Rescue Mission has partnered with the event for four years to recycle the remaining books, said Matthew Carey, assistant at its York Economy Store.
The rescue mission also uses some leftover books for its own book sale or donates them to local charities, he said.
The Book Nook is a pivotal event for the organization because it brings the community together and directly supports its initiatives, Carey said.
"It's vital to us," he said.