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Library Book Sale Was A Resounding Success


Last updated 10/21/2019 at 2:57pm

The Friends of the Library (FOL) report that the recent book sale at the Transylvania County Public Library was by every measure a resounding success, bringing in more money than in each of the last three years and setting records for the number of volunteers working the sale and the total hours clocked in by the dedicated volunteers.

October marked the 30th anniversary of the FOL’s book sale and it proved to be a very happy anniversary. Along with the funds raised through sales at the event – totaling $14,300 – the group also received 102 new or renewed memberships in October representing donations of over $2,600.

“We are all just blown away by the results of this year’s sale,” said Tia Ramsey, president of the FOL board. “Obviously, we are delighted with the money raised. But equally impressive is the enormous support we received through our volunteers and the positive reception we receive to our sale every year by the community at large.”

Rishara Finsel, the director of the library, notes that she is “overjoyed” with the results of the sale. “Based on the work that I’ve witnessed going into this effort, I did expect a very good outcome. But, what the Friends and their league of volunteers have accomplished this year is pretty amazing,” she said.

During the seven-day event, nearly 120 volunteers, 25 of whom were new sign-ups, put in over 550 hours in a wide range of duties – such as restocking books, customer assistance and manning check out stations.

Throughout the year and in the months leading up to the book sale, countless hours are also logged in by the dedicated volunteer staff that works at the FOL’s Second Story Book Store located in the library.

“This isn’t just a one-time or one month effort,” said Gerri Jergensen, who leads the volunteers at the book store. “There is a wonderful core group of folks who put in a lot of time and effort in behind-the-scenes work that helps guarantee that our sale is a success.”

Ramsey points out that all this hard work and the resulting revenue raised means her organization will be able to continue to offer throughout the year the same level of special programming for the community as it has in the past.

“It is always so gratifying for me to see the way our volunteers enthusiastically embrace the challenge of pulling off this big sale,” Ramsey said. “I feel like they are a huge extended family that gets together every year for a very special kind of reunion, something they truly look forward to and eagerly dive into.”

Finsel noted that this was her first experience as director to witness the excitement, high level of preparation and precision-like work that all goes into the process.

“But just as exciting for me to watch this well-oiled machine in motion was to see firsthand the enormous support our community gives to this sale,” she said. “It clearly is one of those ‘must-do’ events for not only our library patrons and our neighbors, but for seasonal visitors, college students and for children. It was just great to see all these folks coming through our doors and strolling about at our sale.”

Those who were unable to make the sale can still get a good bargain on books by visiting the Second Story Book Store located at the library. It will reopen for business on Monday, Nov. 4. The book store will be open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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


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