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SHREVEPORT, LA -- It's the 10th year for the Centenary College Book Bazaar, and prices still start at 10 cents.
The 10th Anniversary Friends of Centenary Book Bonanza will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, in the Gold Dome. Sale hours on Friday will be 6-9 p.m., and Saturday hours, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
"The Book Bazaar was founded to provide good quality books to the community at low, low prices," explained Janie Flournoy '72, campus coordinator. "We think it is wonderful that we can provide encyclopedias, dictionaries, literary classics, novels, textbooks and hundreds of other categories of books to people in our community who might not otherwise be able to afford them.
"We also offer first editions, signed books, rare books, bestsellers and other Treasure Chest volumes for collectors and other discreet readers," she said. "There really is something for everyone."
Proceeds from the sale -- now totaling over $150,000 -- are used to improve the quality of life for our students. "Thanks to the Book Bazaar," she said , "We have new Carillon Chimes; camping equipment which the students can use any time; The New York Times delivered daily to the Student Union Building; two special scholarship funds; picnic tables all over campus; new lobby furniture in dormitories, classroom buildings and the administration building; graduation day events for students and parents, and much, much, more. We try to provide the 'icing on the cake.'"
"We" are The Centenary Muses, founded by then-President Donald A. Webb. The group of 29 women, most of whom are alumnae, chose the Book Bazaar as their annual fundraising event when Marilee Davis Harter '40 told them about the success of other sales around the country.
Marilee and other volunteers worked the first few years in a make-shift workroom in the attic of Mickle Hall. Books had to be hauled up in the elevator, then sorted, priced, boxed, and stored before going back down the elevator and transported to the sale. The work was hot, dusty, and hard.
It took a week to set up for the first sale, held in an empty store in Mall St. Vincent. There were 6,000 books in the three-day sale which netted a grand total of $5,000.
Today, The Muses use the blue house at 145 Wilkinson, behind Hardin Dorm, as their Book Bazaar headquarters. Waterproof bins on the front porch provide a safe place for book donations. Ms. Harter and another member of The Muses, Zoe Ramsey, work with Bill Garrett three days a week at the house. Paul Madden comes in to count and pack the books in special boxes provided by Brookshires.
With lots of help from students, faculty and staff, it only takes a day and a half to set up the sale, now held in the Gold Dome. There are at least 30,000 books each year, and profits have climbed as high as $26,000. A $1,000 gift last year from Recycled Fibers of Louisiana added to the all-time high proceeds.