Pages for Pennies sees record sales

Last year's Pages for Pennies event.

The third annual Pages for Pennies Book Sale saw record numbers this year.

Despite the Market Street Bridge being closed, the book sale grossed more the $11,000 over the weekend at the Bridge View Center. New this year was a silent auction for a home theater system donated by an Eldon resident. David Bradford, the new plant manager at John Deere now is the recipient of the prize. He had the highest bid of $300. Ottumwa Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Mark Eckman said he was thrilled about the book sale's success.

"Weather certainly cooperated. i think just the word has gotten out a little bit further and people understand it's for a good cause, and you certainly get great deals throughout the entire weekend," he said.

The proceeds raised are split equally between the friends of the Ottumwa Public Library, Bridge View Center, and the Ottumwa Area CVB. Organizers are already starting to plan for next year's book sale.