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Friends of the Library Book Sale continues

By Sonny Long
Jan. 20, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 19, 2011 at 7:20 p.m.

Dorothy Alcorn works her way down the aisles of books at the Friends of the Victoria  Library January Book Sale on Sunday. The funds from the sale will go back toward buying books, equipment and supporting programs. It will continue Friday and Saturday.

IF YOU GOWHAT: Friends of the Victoria Public Library Book sale

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday

WHERE: Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St.

FOR INFORMATION: 361-485-3302

Gina Smith took her time perusing the books in the Bronte Room of the Victoria Public Library on Thursday morning.

The hundreds of books, both hardback and paperback, video tapes and vinyl records, donated to the Friends of the Library, lined tables and walls.

Smith found about a half dozen selections to her liking.

"I came to find some good deals and to help the library," she said. "I bought some cookbooks, children's books and a Spanish book for my son."

Her total? A whopping $3.

"This sale is so important because all the money goes back to the library," said Judy Allen, a past president of the Friends organization. "It's earmarked for nothing else. The more we make, the more the library can do buying books, equipment and with its programs."

Friends of the Library has book sales in January, May and September.

Norma Rojas also shopped the sale on Thursday.

"It helps the library," she said. "And at these prices, you just have to come in and check it out."

Rojas was looking for some books pertaining to her personal genealogy research and thinks she found one or two.

"I hope I have found some helpful books," she said. "I'll have to sit down and read through them."

The books included in the sale include fiction, non-fiction, children, home schooling, art, medical, textbooks, religion and many more genres. Movies and music are also on sale.

All the items have been donated by the public. Books not sold will be donated by Friends of the Library to the Rotary Club, which will disperse them among its various charitable programs.

"We have such an amazing community that is good about donating, volunteering and helping," Allen said. "Our success is directly related to the numbers of books we get donated for our sales."

The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, all remaining items will be sold at half-price. Also, all books that will fit into a Friends of the Library cloth bag can be purchased for $1. The bags are available for $5.

Library director Dayna Williams-Capone praised the fundraising effort noting that the book sale not only brings in money to purchase materials, but also provides financial support for the library's summer reading program for children and teenagers.

In addition, she said, the sale is good public relations.

"The book sale brings in many people to the building. They may just come in to buy books, but our Friends do a great job of talking up the library and its services." she said. "Our Friends are some of our best promoters."

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