By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Loads of literature, including possibly hard-to-find items, will be available for purchase at the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale on Friday.
The sale held its members-only sale Thursday and the selection is opening to the public for three days.
Friends of the Library President Ann Dugger said the event is the group’s sole source of funding to maintain their children’s summer reading program and other activities. She said group members and volunteers have been working hard in preparation for the sale.
“They have to sort the books which is an ongoing process,” Dugger said. “We have a room in the library that we use to sort and then Monday night we had volunteers that came and carried the books up to where the sale is and that’s always a big project.”
The auditorium on the second floor of the library is set for the nearly 5,000 people who will attend this weekend, said Adult Services Librarian Stacy Delano.
“It’s by far our most popular event of the year,” she said.
Delano had a chance to preview the selection before it opened Thursday.
“It’s a huge selection,” she said. “There are a ton of great fiction items, both popular and classic items, but the array of nonfiction items are a lot of times the things people are looking for.”
Categories include biographies, history, arts and craft, cooking, religion and more. Prices for each book differ; children’s materials are 25 cents, paperbacks are 50 cents and hardbacks are $1. The selection comes from a variety of sources.
“We have children’s books for a quarter because we want those books back in the home where children can use them,” Dugger said.
“Many of our people that come to the sale twice a year read their books and re-donate them so we can sell them again.”
Besides being donated, some of the books come from the library itself.
Shoppers may even find hard-to-find items if they show up early and search well.
“One of the members of the book sale have put together a full set of Will Rogers books that he had written,” Delano said. “There’s a really nice set of those that people can bid on this year as part of a silent auction.”
Last fall’s sale brought in approximately $8,500, Delano said.
“It is a good community project that helps everyone, especially our youth,” Dugger said.
The sale runs Friday until 8 p.m., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with a $1 bag sale from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Stillwater Public Library at 372-3633.