Book sale raises funds

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Members of the community and Friends of the Charlotte County Library used a rainy November morning to exchange used books and further assist libraries in the area.

The book sale, which took place in the annex by the Charlotte County Public Library garden, contained a dizzying variety of fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs and audio books.

The used book sales, which take place twice a year in the fall and spring, draw a crowd of newcomers and regulars who have a shared delight in reading or giving books to others.

Friends of the Library member Elizabeth Pugh, of Phenix, said the group typically places books alongside the sidewalk during the events, but due to rain had to move the event indoors.

“We were pleased with what we did,” Pugh said, noting that she has helped with the book sale for about five years, and has been both a member of Friends of the Library and volunteered with Charlotte County Library for 18 years.

Pugh said following the sale they had raised $131.65.

Jim Watkins with the Charlotte County Library said the funds raised by Friends of the Library have enabled the library to receive materials for members of the community.

“They purchase equipment for us when we need it,” Watkins said. “They purchase books to be given away to children sometimes. They helped us with our materials collection. They buy some large print and some audio-visual material for us.”

“The Friends do a number of things for the library, and the book sale is just one of them,” Watkins said.

Participants got to buy paperback books, hardcover books and DVDs for under $1. Dan Snyder and his mother, Linda Snyder purchased a box of books for $4. Having a $5 bill, Dan offered the extra dollar as a donation.

“(We come) every time it’s here,” Dan said. “We make a donation on top of what we buy.”

Kim Jeffries, who attended the sale with her daughters, remembers attending the sale in past years at Village Presbyterian Church in the county and said it offers a way to support the community.

“It’s a great way to give back that is affordable,” Jeffries said.