Library Notes: Donors, buyers help book fair

If you enjoy books and book people and you’ve never gone to a Friends of the Library book sale, that is something you really should do next year. Just to be in the presence of all those books you have can have for almost nothing and all those people intent on getting them before you do is exciting for any book lover.

This year’s sale was a great success, as they seem always to be. There was an exceptionally good turnout, especially on Saturday when you could get fill up a grocery bag with books and pay just a dollar for the whole bag. That brought plenty of customers over from the Saturday Market across the street!

The earnings from the annual book sale go to the library and have helped to purchase a new sound system for speakers and larger computer monitors for use by patrons, to send staff to this summer’s Oregon Library Association conference in Hood River, to support authors and other artists coming to the library to make their presentations.

More than half of the starting inventory was sold this year. The unsold books will serve a variety of educational and charitable purposes. Some will go to the local Spanish Pre-GED class and some to the Moore Public Library or to Moore Public Schools in Moore, Okla., to help replace the books lost in the May tornado.

Some will go to the FISH food banks and some will be put out on the free carts which are downstairs in the library and are available to the public year-round.

The Friends would like to thank all patrons, customers and visitors who came to the sale; all those people who have been supportive of the library; and especially all donors of books!

As the books come in during the year they reviewed by the librarians and Friends of the Library to determine what can go into circulation at the library and what can be sold in next year’s book sale.

Just a few of the folks who deserve particular mention: Buzzy Nielsen, library director, for his help with the book sale flyer, web-site advertising, newsletter and general support throughout the event; Michele Dearing for helping out at the sale and her support as a librarian; Rachael Fox, assistant director, for her support; and other Hood River County librarians such as Sarah Samuels and Kate Winsor.

Thanks also to all those members of the Friends of the Library who helped to cover different shifts and showed their support: Shirley Karr and grandson Lani Roberts, Suzanne Giovannoni, Stan Sales, Marilyn Murray (vice president of the Friends), Muriel Kiss, Helen and Ted James, Suzanne VanOrman (treasurer of the Friends), Jan Behrmann (secretary of the Friends), Barbara Keir, Maureen Higgins, Jean Harmon and Paul Randall, Pat and Bill Byrne, Irene Zimmerman, Jen Bayer (H.R. County Library Foundation), Julie Byers, Frank Lauran, Elizabeth Garber, Kathy Kliewer, Ruth Blackburn and Ruth Tsu (president of the Friends).

We had tremendous help from some “out-of-towners,” as well, who have chosen to be members of the Friends of the Library and have shown their support to our library over the years. They were very helpful in unpacking and sorting through books for the sale.

You can contribute books to the sale year-round by dropping them off on the designated table next to the restrooms on the first floor.

See you next year!

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