Plans stacking up for annual book sale to boost library

Published 8:34 am Monday, April 21, 2014

After taking a winter break, it’s time to open the book on another Friends of the Library Used Book Sale.
The group’s spring book sale will be held next weekend, April 24-26, at the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation building at 300 W. Mill St.
Sale organizer Lilo Duncan said there is a change in the book sale: The sale will be held for its regular hours Thursday through Saturday, but there will not be a book sale on Sunday.
“I know a lot of people are used to coming down to the sale on Sunday, but we had to cut that day this year,” Duncan said. “We couldn’t get the facility for that day.”
The Friends host an “early bird” sale on Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. for club members. Sale visitors can become members at the door for $10. On Friday and Saturday, the sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The books, which are donated to the group, are sold at $1 for a hardback book and 50 cents for paperback books – the same prices featured at the book sale for many years.
Duncan said all the money the Friends of the Library earns goes back to the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library in some way.
In addition to purchases, the Friends allocate money for the children’s reading program. The allocation was recently increased to $500 from $200. The Friends also make a contribution to the Imagination Library. Proceeds from the book sales have helped to provide library equipment, the tile flooring around the information desk, all the holiday decorations for the library, a rug for the children’s reading room, the ramp for the back entrance to the library, landscaping, a children’s computer station, children’s furniture, shelving and book bags for the Eli’s BRAY program, which takes books from the library into county and city schools.
The book sale offers between 10,000 and 12,000 books each year that are donated from various groups and individuals in the community.
The books are on all topics and genres including fiction, mystery, suspense, health, religion, sports, cookbooks, children’s books, history and more.

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