Excerpt: They came by the hundreds.
They came from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and from as far away as Alaska.
They came dragging rolling suitcases behind them, cavernous bags slung over their shoulders and crumpled lists in hand, hoping to find that one item that'd make the entire trip worthwhile.
They came specifically for the James Prendergast Library's 30th annual book sale.
Just before 11 a.m. Friday morning, a crowd that was several hundred people strong waited patiently in a line that stretched from the main door of the James Prendergast Library to the sidewalk, down Cherry Street to the corner, down Sixth Street to Washington Street, and along the Washington Street sidewalk.