NORFOLK — To the unsuspecting, the mad rush of about 50 book dealers converging on the Norfolk Library early on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 24, may have looked a bit startling. 

“They were lined up at the starting gate, and at 10 o’clock, look out, it’s like they’ll run you over,” chuckled Tom Hlas, president of the Norfolk Library Associates.

Hlas was referring to the frenetic opening of the library’s 43rd annual weekend book sale, held this year on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25. A long line of eager dealers...