UNION — The Friends of the Library’s annual book sale fundraiser has been so successful that the group plans to continue it later this week.
The book sale is the largest fundraiser the group holds during the year with all funds going to support the Union County Carnegie Library. This year’s book sale was held Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27 at the Union Lions Club building, 134 E. Main St., Union, just down the street from the FOL’s regular location at 112 E. Main St. The sale featured a variety of hardback and paperback books for adults as well as children’s books, the majority of them donated by members of the community with the rest provided by the library.
FOL member Debby Greene said this year’s sale was so successful that the group has decided to continue it this Thursday-Saturday.
“We did very well, we made a little over $825,” Greene said. “We had such outstanding participation and we still have so many books of good quality. So we will do this again Thursday and Friday from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.”
Greene said the continuation of the sale will again offer the same low prices for the books on sale.
“Members of the Friends of the Library get hardback books for 25 cents and a nickel for paperbacks,” Greene said. “The general public pays 50 cents for a hardback and 25 cents for a paperback.”
Greene said that after this Saturday the remaining books will be moved back to the group’s regular location. While the books will no be longer be sold at fundraiser prices, Greene said they are still a bargain for anyone wanting to buy books and support the library.
“When we move the books back up the street to our regular location at 112 E. Main St. next to something special the price goes back up to a dollar for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks. The members always get books for half price. This is an excellent way to support the needs of our library.”
Memberships in the group are also available during the sale at $15, $25, and $50. Greene said the group gained more than 10 new members during the sale and hopes for more during its continuation.
Greene said that the funds raised by the sale and by the group’s other activities is used to help purchase any materials and equipment needed by the library and to support the programs and services it provides. She said the group makes the funds available at the request of Library Director Ben Loftis.
“Anything that Ben requests that we have money for we give him,” Greene said. “We support the Summer Reading program that he’s getting ready to start up. We’ve bought books for the Summer Reading program. We’ve helped with rewards for those who’ve read the most books. We’ve purchased refreshments for the Walk for a Book. We’re helping them put newspapers on microfiche which is costing $3,000 and is in the process of taking place. We’ve helped them with craft supplies.”
Loftis thanked the group for its support of the library over the years.
“We really appreciate all that they do for the library,” Loftis said Monday. “The funds they raise supplement the services we provide the community. We just really appreciate all that they do for the library and generate literacy interest in the community.”
Greene thanked the Lions for making their building available to the group its sales and Harriet Bruce for allowing the group to use her building the rest of the year.
“We would like to thank the Lions for use of their building for our major sales,” Greene said. “We would also like to thank Mrs. Harriett Bruce for allowing us to use her building all year long.”
The Friends Of the Library’s regular location will be open May 15 from 2-5 p.m. Its schedule for the rest of the year will be published later in Library Notes in The Union Daily Times.
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Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.