Despite the rise of the Kindle and iPad, there is something appealing about a book.
You can drop them to the side of a chair or bed, put them away for a spell on a shelf, even use them periodically as a doorstop, but still, to hold a book on one's hands and read is a natural and even comforting feeling.
And for those and many other reasons, patrons, residents, people from neighboring towns and a few book dealers came around for the annual three-day Friends of the Belmont Public Library's book sale.
With prices ranging from 50 cents for childrens' books and "supermarket" paperbacks to $4 for coffee table art books and $5 for a bag of books on Sunday afternnon, the sale proceeds will be used by the Friends to purchase museum tickets, brings authors and musicians to the library and supports the staff.
In addition, Saturday morning, the Friends along with the Board of Library Trustees and staff held a celebration outside the Children's Room to acknowledge the state issuing a $7.5 million grant to contruct a new $19 million library across Concord Avenue from the present site.