(August 21, 2012)

26th annual Centenary Book Bazaar Sept. 7-8

SHREVEPORT, LA — The 26th annual Centenary Book Bazaar will be held Friday, September 7, from 4:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 8, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Gold Dome. The Book Bazaar is organized and sponsored by the Muses, a philanthropic group dedicated to funding projects and programs for Centenary students.

Book Bazaar patron

"The ladies of the Muses work hard all year round, and the result is that during the two-day Book Bazaar, the Gold Dome becomes the largest bookseller in the state of Louisiana," said David Williams, Associate Manager of Advancement Services and liaison to the Muses. "They volunteer their time and energy so that all of the money raised goes directly to fund projects benefitting Centenary students, faculty, and staff."

According to the Muses, this year's Book Bazaar will be one of the largest with more than 80,000 items available for purchase. The Bazaar boasts over 50 categories of paperback books, hardback books, DVDs, VHS, CDs, cassette tapes, and puzzles.

This year's special collection area will display over 2,500 vintage children's books, all printed before 1961. Most items are priced from 25¢ to $5.00, with higher-priced rare items reserved for bid auction. Items up for bid include a Vogue Poster Book and The Story of the 26th Louisiana Infantry.

As in previous years, a section will be devoted entirely to books found on local middle and high school readings lists. Students will find almost all required titles ranging in price from 25¢ to $1.25.

Last year, the Centenary Muses awarded over $70,000 of Book Bazaar proceeds to fund projects such as equipping the Gold Dome with WiFi, renovating the Student Resource Center, purchasing cameras for the Art Department, repairing recreational equipment in the Student Union Building, and donating to the Student Research Forum and Student Travel Fund.

Patrons should bring bags or boxes to carry out their books. Carryout assistance is available. Cash or check is accepted. On Saturday, all items become half-priced after 1:00 p.m.

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