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Bedbugs in books halt Lawrence library sale

Published on -9/12/2013, 7:07 AM

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A benefit book sale for the Lawrence Public Library has been canceled by the presence of bedbugs in some donated items.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1d6vYjC ) that the nonprofit Friends of the Lawrence Public Library announced the cancellation Wednesday.

The fall book sale had been scheduled for later this month at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. But a donor called the group last week to say his donated books contained bedbugs -- which an inspection confirmed.

Mary Burchill, who chairs the Friends group, says she appreciates the donor's candor in reporting the infestation. For now, a large portion of the collected for the sale is quarantined for treatment.

No further donations are being accepted for now.

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