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Published August 25, 2009, 08:58 AM

Remodeled semi-trailer library sells books for next to nothing

Pelican Rapids, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A lot of us read newspapers on-line. And now authors are seeing their books on laptops, but in Pelican Rapids, an effort to put quality books in the hands of readers for little or nothing. The unique part, the books are in the back of a remodeled semi-trailer. The story from WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Pelican Rapids, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A lot of us read newspapers on-line. And now authors are seeing their books on laptops, but in Pelican Rapids, an effort to put quality books in the hands of readers for little or nothing. The unique part, the books are in the back of a remodeled semi-trailer. The story from WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand.

In the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran, volunteers re-stock the shelves. It's Tuesday and that means this semi trailer is open for business. And despite the reputation of book sales, you will be surprised.

When the volunteer arm of the Pelican Rapids library wanted a fundraiser a few years ago, they decided to turn this donated semi trailer into a summer literary heaven. Books, most a quarter, donated from locals and the library.

“A big demand for it, a lot of the summer residents at the resorts and lake homes come here to stock up.”

It is not only popular paperbacks, but expensive handovers and classics like Mark Twain.

“Some years more mystery sells, last summer the classics and this summer a variety yet we did sell out of romance during turkey days.”

Rachel Morris is vacationing here and heard about the book truck.

“I like random books and bad romance novels and you get a flat for two dollars so I am excited.”

Children flock to the book truck, a Tuesday treasure. Throughout the long winter ahead, the town will collect and donate hundreds of books, preparing for the book truck’s return next spring.

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