Barbara Carr and Diane Rogers are pricing a rare book donated to Friends of the Sacramento Public Library when one of them asks, “Is this a $50 book or a $2.50 book?” Within seconds, the women in matching blue shirts price the book in unison: “Twenty-five dollars.” The duo are volunteer store managers for The Book Den. The friends can read each other’s thoughts as well as they read books.
In 1999, Carr and Rogers secured a cheap warehouse space and opened the store where they sell used library and donated books, video and audio books and sheet music at a fraction of what they’re worth. Proceeds benefit the Sacramento Public library.
“We want to make this a community resource,” Rogers said. “Getting (books) in the hands of children and people who can’t afford books is one of our primary goals.”