A Successful Library Bookstore...Where 50 Cents Will Buy an Adventure

Read all about the Largo (FL) Public Library Bookstore in which has been operating successfully for the last 17 years .

The Friends group was formed in 1975 to help support the library. The original group was made up of members of the Largo Woman's Club, who started the library in 1914. Proceeds from book sales help pay for materials and support library programs. Since its inception, the group has raised more than $500,000 for the library.

About 35 dedicated volunteers clean, sort and price incoming donations, ring up sales and are always ready to offer advice on the next great read. It helps that several volunteers are retired librarians and educators. "If one of us doesn't know the answer, the other one does," said volunteer coordinator Mary Ann Whitehurst.