(July 28, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

24th Muses Book Bazaar takes place Sept 10 — 11 at Gold Dome

SHREVEPORT, LA — The annual Centenary Muses Book Bazaar takes place Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Gold Dome on the Centenary College campus. Doors will be open from 4 until 9 p.m. Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

The Bazaar, now in its 24th year, is organized and sponsored by the Centenary Muses with proceeds used to fund projects and programs for Centenary students. A Centenary staple for years, the bazaar has raised nearly $50,000 each of the past four years and has helped pay for items such as computers, furniture for residence halls, athletic equipment and other items not usually covered by the budget.

Book Bazaar
Shoppers browse tables filled with books at the 2009 Book Bazaar. The Centenary Muses Book Bazaar will be held September 10 and 11

According to the Muses, this will be one of the largest sales in the 24-year history with more than 70,000 paperback and hardback books for sale as well as audio and video materials. There will also be more than 5,000 vinyl records as well as hundreds of DVDs, videotape movies, CDs, cassette tapes, and puzzles and games.

The Book Bazaar features books sorted into more than 30 categories including fiction, science fiction, religion, history and children's books. There will also be a table devoted just to books on local high school reading lists. Students will be able to find almost all titles ranging in price from 25 cents to $1.25. This year's special categories include Civil War books, books on Louisiana and vintage children books.

Prices for books start at 25 cents, while most items are priced under $5. As in the past, there will also be a special category of rare books that will be available for bid during the sale.

The Bazaar ends with what most patrons wait for...the half price sale starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon!

During the two-day book sale, staff members will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 6 months to 12 years for Operation Santa Claus. Toys can be for a boy or girl. Operation Santa Claus is staffed by members of the Shreveport Police and Fire Department, and the Bossier Sherriff's office who collect toys for those less fortunate children in our community.

For more information, contact the Book House at 318.219.3409 or David Williams at 318.869.5162

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.