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Friends Group Mini Book Sale starts Jan. 18

January 9, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Stop by the East County Regional Library to stock your personal home library during the Friends Group Mini Book Sale.

Samantha Wallace, East County Regional Library regional manager, said they are going to try and pull out some of the really popular authors that people are into and put them in their Storytime Room for sale.

"We pull out a little bit of every age group, children's, adults, teens. It will be a variety of items that we will have displayed out on carts and they will be in their own sections," she said. "When the carts get a little empty, we will refill them. We are trying to do a variety of things, things that we know that our people really love and things they like to have to build their own collection library at home."

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

The book sale is sponsored by the East County Regional Friends Group, who also help sponsor the programs at the library. The proceeds from the book sale will help with the library's focus this year, offering more family-oriented programs.

"In order to make these things happen we have to have the financial support," Wallace said.

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The books are $1 a piece, she said, so they can keep it affordable for the community to grow their personal library at home.

"You come in with $5 and you get five books for your kids. That is amazing. That is five books that will stay in the household that can be passed down to other family members, friends and neighbors," she said. "It's an opportunity to get books into every home and that can become part of that home and neighborhood."

The best part of the sale, Wallace said is the proceeds will come back to the library, so the staff can create programs that families would love to partake in together.

"Two-thousand nineteen is about family. We as a library want to also promote that family environment of social connection and meeting new people and making new friends. Creating things with your own hands and exploring new ideas," she said. "The focus is to really let this be the place to come in and partake on all the services that we provide."

Wallace said the Friends Group are really supportive of the library.

"The meet every second Tuesday of the month. They would like for the community to come out and learn more about what they do. They are a big piece of helping us provide opportunities for our patrons to experience these programs," she said. "Every second Tuesday at 6:30 I present a calendar of events and programs that we outline for the upcoming month. I have people from each department talk about what they want to do. They have not yet said no. They are so excited."

Wallace encourages individuals to attend the meeting, so they can hear first hand what the Friends Group does for the library.



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