The LSU Book Bazaar: 33 Years Strong
For more than 30 years, Betty Johnson has spent countless hours preparing for the LSU Book Bazaar, a fund-raiser held in the 4-H Mini Barn building, planned and hosted by Book Barn volunteers. Johnson has held different positions throughout the years while volunteering twice a week to price and sort the donated books. More than 30 other volunteers join Johnson in the effort; some contribute weekly, while others help out when they can.
More than 65,000 books are offered at the event, which last year raised more than $73,000. Proceeds from this event are used to help fund special purchases for the libraries. Over the years, Friends of the LSU Libraries has raised more than one million dollars.
Johnson remarked that the event is “a really big deal” and “people line up at 6 a.m.” on opening day. Johnson says that the bazaar is “a nice way to use used books,” instead of throwing them away. Johnson feels that the event is “a service for the community.” It brings together a diverse group of individuals through the sale of low-priced, original books.
Most of the books cost less than $10 and some even sell for 50¢. Some special collections can cost several thousand dollars. The books are donated from the community in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. In the past, those books that are in poor condition and cannot be sold were donated to schools, troops overseas, and even some African countries.
This year marks the 33rd Book Bazaar at LSU. The event was held March 5-7.
Amanda Eisman | LSU PRSSA
Eisman is a contributing writer to the LSU Office of Communications and University Relations