Reading is a passion of mine. My favorite books are biographies, but I also love historic books about WW2. And I like to hold a book and turn the pages.

If that is you, the place you need to be is the Centenary Book Bazaar at the Gold Dome, 2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, this Friday and Saturday. The hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

Centenary Book Bazaar via Facebook

You will find books of all genres and for all ages. The 32nd annual event is sponsored by the Centenary Muses, a group of volunteers dedicated to funding programs for Centenary College students.

“We specifically fund things that do not have funds set aside already," Dr. Grace Bareikis, a long time Centenary Muse and Book Bazaar volunteer, told the Maroon and White. "Funds are always tight, but when someone has a great idea for campus, it is nice to know that they can always ask the Muses for assistance to make the campus better.”

More than 80,000 items will be offered dirt cheap. You will find thousands of paperbacks priced at 25 to 50 cents. Beautiful hardcover picture books can be snapped up for as little as $2.

There also will be DVDs, CDs, records, cassettes and even some videotapes for sale. I love browsing through the books on tape section. These are some of the best deals in the building.

Here are my top 5 reasons you should visit the Centenary Book Bazaar:

  • Wide selection of books from school reading lists.
  • Great selection of how-to books. You'll find cookbooks and fix em up books.
  • Coffee table books. So many beautiful hardcover picture books.
  • Best sellers from today and yesterday.
  • Cheap prices. For $10, you'll be able to get a pile of books; don't forget to bring your roller carts to get everything packed up with ease.

If you want a quick way to remind yourself of the dates and times, RSVP on the Facebook events for both days here. (Pro tip: As books fly off the shelves, they set out more, so you'll find a different selection on Saturday than Friday.)

How important is reading? Well, just a quick check of the National Education Association website shows it makes a huge impact on youngsters.  Some 26 percent of children who were read to at home three or four times each week can recognize all letters of the alphabet. Only 14 percent of youngsters who are not read to can recognize the alphabet.

So, get out to the Gold Dome to update your home library and support a great cause that has attracted some rave reviews on Facebook, too: