The Transylvania Times -

Volunteers Gear Up For Library's Annual Book Sale


September 13, 2018

Over the years Dr. Seuss has offered up plenty of sage advice. But as the Transylvania County Library prepares for its annual book sale, the volunteers who work hard to orchestrate this event are keeping this Seuss suggestion in mind – “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”

The “house” in this case is the annual book sale, which this year will run from Oct. 5-12. The Friends of the Library (FOL) will soon begin the enormous task of setting out thousands of books, and FOL board president Tia Ramsey calls this yearly ritual the group’s “mega event” for the year.

On average the book sale raises $13,000 for the FOL.

“This is the FOL’s primary fundraiser, providing the necessary financial resources that guarantee we can continue to offer the full range of free programming and activities that our community has come to expect and enjoy through its library,” Ramsey said.

Early next month, a league of volunteers will be engaged in a variety of activities that are critical to pulling off a sale as large as this one, ranging from meticulously organizing the books, CDs, DVDs and other materials for sale to manning the sales stations and assisting patrons.

Preplanning for this multi-day sale actually began a couple months ago, with the FOL working out a detailed organizational road map and early engagement with some of their veteran volunteers.

As the Friends group begins its countdown leading to the first day of sales, they are anxious to add to their volunteer “army.”

Now is the time to visit the front desk at the library to sign up.

More than 1,600 hours are typically clocked in by volunteers before, during and after the sale.

“To say this is a huge undertaking, is an understatement,” Ramsey said. “Our volunteers – many of whom have been working at the book sale for years – are remarkable. Without their dedication, the book sale would not be possible.”

The core mission of the Friends organization is to enhance Transylvania County Library services by underwriting such programs as the Summer Concert Series, Bag Lunch Arts program, the youth summer reading and other family oriented programs.

“Our library is very lucky to have such a robust Friends group. A lot of what goes on at the library is due to the support of the FOL and our great volunteers,” said library director Anna Yount. “Groups like this exist in many libraries around the country, but I suspect that ours is among the best.”

Persons who are interested in joining the Friends of the Library can also do that at the main desk in the library.

The annual member-ship fee of $15, which also includes a timely newsletter covering upcoming events and library-related news, goes directly into funding FOL community programming.

(Pam Drellow is a member of the FOL board.)


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