MISSOULA — People who love mysteries -- as well as sci-fi, westerns, and romances, have always waited anxiously for the annual book sale at Fort Missoula.
But with this year's sale going "virtual", there's even more mystery -- an entire box if you'd like.
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula had to make the tough decision to take the sale online as a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The book sale has always been not only the greatest fundraiser for the museum but just one of our more favorite community events because it was really a giveback," explained the museum's Jessie Rogers.
"You know, we collect donated books from people all year and then we sell them at a level that everyone can attain books and enjoy, you know, the world that opens up to you when you peel back those pages and dive in," Rogers continued.
Instead of having a massive in-person sale this year, book worms can go online and peruse select titles that are available.
One of the popular features in past sales has been "books by the inch". This time around, adventurous readers can purchase a "mystery box" of their favorite genre and have the books picked up or sent to them, or as a gift.
Select volumes are posted on eBay.
"We've been going through the thousands and thousands of books that we currently have ready for an in-person [event]...and have been picking out some of the gems and some of the fun ones that we find and getting them up on our eBay account," Rogers told MTN News.
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula's virtual book sale runs through December. More details can be found here.