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For literature lovers on a budget, used book sales can become something of an obsession. The slippery slope begins somewhere around early registration, moves through waiting outside libraries and churches at eight in the morning on a Saturday, and ends at elbowing grandmothers and Ebay booksellers out of the fiction section.

The upshot to all this frantic materialism is the good causes that these events often support. The Central Illinois Books to Prisoners program holds their used book sale this weekend June 6-8. All sales go toward supporting costs of the all-volunteer program, such as the massive amounts of shipping costs incurred by mailing books to incarcerated patrons all over the state.

Pennies for Prisoners Spring Book Sale is located at the Independent Media Center building at 202 S. Broadway Ave. in Urbana. Hours for the sale are Fri. 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday’s sale is a special preview so the admission charge is $2.