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Book assessment being planned

ISHPEMING — On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. David White, Ishpeming resident and amateur bibliophile, will offer assistance to patrons of the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library desiring to know if they own books with special value or importance. Examples might be first editions, books signed by the author, or very old books.

According to a press release, the Friends of the Library are pleased to offer this opportunity as a similar event was enjoyed by many patrons last spring, some of whom discovered they owned books that were valuable for a number of different reasons.”

White has been working with vintage and collectible books for 30 years, beginning with an interest in early Michigan authors of fiction; since then his hobby has led to buying and selling of books.

White states that “placing a monetary value on a book is always difficult as it not only depends on rarity but also on demand, which fluctuates with the economy.”

In order to streamline the procedure, those who are interested are asked to call the library in advance to schedule an appointment time. Each individual will be limited to five books or 10 minutes of White’s time, depending on how many individuals sign up.

Appointment scheduling will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 15, several weeks in advance of the program. Call the library at 486-4381, or stop in to schedule an assessment time.