Friends of the Library

Appeared In the News-Leader 9-29-2010

By Katy Pattison
The Christian County Friends of the Library is gearing up for its twice-yearly book sale. It promises to be a big one. The group, formed in 1980 to support the Christian County Library, holds spring and fall book sales in the library’s meeting room. The next sale runs October 9th-16th, noon to 8pm during the week and 8:30-5pm on Saturdays. Thursday and Friday are half-price days. The last Saturday is a $2-per-bag sale. The library accepts donations of books, magazines, and audio and video items throughout the year. Some titles are added to the library’s collection. The Friends of the Library sell the rest during the week-long sale, their primary fundraiser.

Friends president Elizabeth Barns, part of the group since 2004, says there are often new or barely used materials for sale. She even starts her Christmas shopping during the October sale, saying “I have always been able to find something. There are craft books and kids books for my grandchildren, religious books, and novels. There really is something for everyone.”

Anyone can join the Friends of the Library. Membership costs just $5 per family annually. Members may shop the book sale Friends Night, before the sale opens to the public. You can join the Friends of the Library anytime by visiting the Christian County Library, or you can join at the door on Friends Night, Friday, October 8th between 7pm and 9pm. Barns says the group needs volunteer members to help set up and staff the sale. If interested, contact the library at (417)581-2432.

Membership dues and book sale proceeds support the library. Major annual projects funded by the Friends include the Summer Reading Program for children and teens and the library’s participation in business expos. The Friends also pay for the library’s monthly Movie Days, maintain the outdoor plantings around the library, and provide a staff luncheon during National Library Week each year. Recently, the group started a popular drawing for seasonal gift baskets. Patrons visiting the library can enter to win throughout the year. The best part of being part of the Friends of the Library, says Barns: “[The library has] become a home away from home for me.”

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