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Friends of Public Library book sale begins Thursday

Oct. 9, 2012 at 10 p.m.


The latest Friends of the Public Library book sale begins Thursday for Friends' members and Friday for the general public.

Although the Thursday "Sneak, Peek and Buy" sale, which begins at 4 p.m., is slated for Friends of the Library membership, anyone can become a Friends' member, at the door, by paying as little as $10 for a year's membership.

The "Sneak, Peek and Buy" ends at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Beginning Friday, the sale will be ongoing during library hours.

The book sale will be held in the library's Gold Room and will run through Saturday, Oct. 20.

All of the book sale proceeds are used to benefit the library.

Book sale monies are used to help fund six children's summer reading programs, including Reading is Fundamental, and for books purchased for GED programs.

Funds are also being used to help convert the Marshall News Messenger microfilm to a digital format and have paid for new sound equipment for the Gold Room. That equipment was installed in 2011.

Funds are also being used for accessing "Ancestry.com" at the library and for special programs like book reviews.

Other fund uses include maintaining outside potted plants, purchase of American flags, outdoor flood light replacement and subsidizing books for students.

Funds were used for the "Build a Book" barn for donated book storage and for the on-going book sale located at the Weisman Center, on the mezzanine.

Book sales also add to monies spent for general library books and the librarian's discretionary fund, among others.

Many volunteers help set up and run the book sales. Friends' board spokesmen estimate it takes about 500 volunteer hours for each sale.

A special Friends' sale will be held for three days next month, Nov. 9, 10 and 11, at the Weisman house, on South Washington.

The books are owned by Gail Beil. Many of the books were owned by Mrs. Beil's late husband, Greg.

All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Public Library.

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