Library plans book sale

By PHILIP CASE State Journal Columnist Published:

If you do much reading and if you're like lots of us who do, chances are you have a stack, a box ... or boxes ... of read books around the house. Maybe you lay them aside thinking you'd like to re-read them or save them for a friend but "... knowing how way leads on to way ..." they languish in those piles or boxes, gathering dust and taking up space, holding "secrets" that will never be shared unless they're opened.

Why not share some of your treasures, those you're sure you no longer need, with others in the community ... and at the same time make a contribution to a worthy cause.

Here are the facts:

The Friends of the Paul Sawyier Library are planning a used book sale in the basement of the library May 15-18. The times will be Thursday 12-8; Friday 12-6; Saturday 9-4, and Sunday, 1-5. People may drop off books to be sold at the book sale on these Saturdays, April 12 and 26, and May 10 between 10 and 2.

Also, there will be a pick-up service - coordinated by Mike and Rebecca Schillhahn - on April 19 and 26 for senior citizens and home-bound persons who cannot bring used books to the library. To have books picked up, call 696-9818.

The book sale is part of an effort to resurrect the Friends, a group which has been dormant for several years. The books will sell for $1 for hard bound and 25 cents and 50 cents for paperbacks. There will be many activities for children including face-painting, chalk-a-walk, and two-for-one trade-ins where children can bring in two books and get one back. Books on a variety of subjects will be accepted and offered for sale.

The Friends, formed in the summer of 1976, has "come and gone" as the library had specific needs. There are more than 160 members on its rolls. According to records, the group dropped from sight sometime after 1983, returning in 1987 to help with the formation of the Children's Room.

Following the completion of that project, the Friends dropped again into dormancy until the fall of 2002 when a small group led by Carolyn Thalman, with the support new librarian Donna Gibson, decided it was time for the Friends ... like the proverbial Phoenix rising from its ashes ... to come to life again.

"I think the group tends to respond to a need," said Cecilia Broadwater, president. "And with the new library coming there will be lots of needs."

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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