Volunteers setting up for the Newton Public Library’s fall fund-raising book sale weren’t sure how many items were being offered this year — there were simply too many to count. “Thousands,” Carol Heinel, president of the Friends of the Newton Public Library association, said with a laugh. The association conducts a book sale every spring and fall to raise funds for the library. The fall sale started today at 9 a.m. and runs to 5:30 p.m. The sale will continue on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale includes a variety of genres: From mystery to romance, to travel, history, crafts and more. The books in the sale include some that have been retired from the library’s collection, as well as books donated by library patrons. “Whatever we’ve been gifted with, we offer for sale,” Heinel said. Hardcovers and trade paperbacks are $1; mass-market paperbacks are $.50; and coffee table books are $3. Children’s books and movies are available by donation. There also will be a silent auction for artwork. Cash or checks will be accepted. Proceeds from the sale go to support programs at the library for children and young adults. Books left over from the sale often are donated to elementary school libraries. Marilyn K. Schmidt, another member of the Friends of the Newton Public Library, said volunteers have spent many hours sorting books and setting up for the sale. The sale includes both newer and older books, and volunteers verify the books still are in good enough condition to be sold. “There’s a huge selection of books, just every variety,” Schmidt said. Schmidt herself is an avid reader, and she said the library’s semi-annual book sales are a good place to pick up inexpensive books to read while traveling. She said the sale also has a good selection of homeschooling materials. “We have very, very reasonably priced items they can use for a curriculum,” she said. The Friends of the Newton Public Library has about 100 members. The cost to become a member is $10 per year, or $50 for a lifetime membership. For more information, call 283-2890.