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Great Escape: Between the Pages

What’s summer without a few good books to read? This week’s cerebral Great Escape shows you where you can find excellent deals on great books—and escape between the pages.

Many public libraries, including our Greenbelt branch, have their own Library Book Stores. These often include, along with secondhand library items, donated books in great condition from library patrons. Prices can range from 25 cents for a paperback, to $4 for a hardback in mint condition.

Green Valley Book Fair is a true Great Escape, as it’s a 2.5 hour drive from Greenbelt to Mount Crawford, Virginia where they hold the fair six times a year. Driving down country roads, you’ll be directed into a large field for parking, and ahead of you: the destination. Over 25,000 square feet of beautifully discounted books in a warehouse, asking to be held, skimmed and hopefully purchased by people who love books enough to drive 2.5 hours to buy them! Here you'll find stacks of not only the standard children's books, fiction, and sci-fi, but try Civil War, poetry, shelves of cookbooks, language books, humor, religion, calendars, reference, self help, and on and on.

Daedelus Books Warehouse in Columbia is a dream come true for bibliophiles. You’ll find deeply discounted books of all genres, along with DVDs, books on tape, and as a bonus: It’s a great place for kids, with a cozy reading corner, complete with beanbag chair!

Books a Million at Greenbelt’s Beltway Plaza offers a Millionaire's Club discount card—its price depends on your initial purchase total—and it's good for a year’s worth of purchases online or at any of the stores. Using the card saves you 10 to 46 percent off the listed price for many items.

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