Recently, in preparation for a lengthy road trip, I checked out several Playaways from the Library. I started listening to Lisa Scottoline’s “Daddy’s Girl” when I heard, “It’s too bad we don’t know each other, even though we have so much in common.” As the president of the Friends of the Library, that phrase nagged at me. It made me wonder, what does our Friends group have in common with our community?
The mission of our group is to support the library and its patrons, and to promote and support literacy in the community. One way we fulfill these objectives is through funds raised at our quarterly book sales, which are made possible by community donations. We deeply appreciate the generosity of our donors, whose contributions allow us to offer a wide variety of items for sale, and all our proceeds support library programs and literacy throughout Natrona County.
During our sales, we meet hundreds of people whose love of books and support of literacy match our own. After a previous sale, we received a note thanking us for providing a great Sunday afternoon outing. The writer praised one “very helpful” volunteer who assisted with her book selection. She concluded her note saying that the helper “made it fun!” Our volunteers and patrons truly share a love of books.
Many of our items are in like new condition: seemingly untouched, with no damaged or missing pages. We truly have something for everyone thanks to the generosity of our community of readers. The selections include Leveled Readers for beginning readers, the classics, inspirational fiction, and adult mysteries. One shelf even includes recently published selections. There are also large sections of non-fiction including cookbooks, self-help items, history, and home improvement. At our fall book sale, a young man was very pleased that he found the perfect item for everyone on his holiday shopping list.
With summer coming, here are some shopping ideas you might find useful at our next sale, a bag sale, to be held Saturday, June 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the Nic Fest.
1. Shop first, then visit. You don’t want to miss out on that long sought-after classic.
2. Introduce yourself, chat with our volunteers and discuss your latest read. I guarantee you’ll find someone with similar interests, and perhaps you’ll even make a new friend.
3. Look for your childhood favorite so you can share it with the children in your life.
4. Pick out a few books to help you endure winter and the cabin fever that often comes with it.
5. Experiment with a new genre. At bag sale prices, you can afford to try something new. Everything you can fit into a grocery type bag will only cost $3. If you bring your own larger reusable bag, the price is only $5 for all you can fit into the bag.
In addition to the funds generated, our book sales also support literacy by connecting readers with books. Our dedication to this cause also features prominently in our outreach programs: we supply free books to community programs, local organizations such as hospitals and senior citizen facilities, and neighborhood Little Free Libraries. If you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood that could use new items, or if you or your organization have requests, please visit our webpage at natronacountylibrary.org/friends and complete the contact form.
I encourage you to visit our book sales, meet like-minded people, and help us in our work to promote literacy in our community. If you do, then one day we can say, “It is great that we know each other, especially since we have so much in common.”