Friends of the Library

Every Bookworm For Himself @ the FOL Sale

Eugene, OR is having its 28th annual Friends of the Library Booksale, and like most large FOL sales, it's a hectic business at best, a battleground at worst.

Register Guard describes the tension mounting as the opening moment approaches: "See the buyers, some who'd waited all night, clutching empty cardboard boxes, plastic bins, duffel bags and rolling suitcases, waiting eagerly as the minutes tick closer to the appointed hour. Watch as the doors open at 8:55 a.m., and the book lovers and dealers come rushing in, running to the book-laden tables, as a volunteer yells, unheeded, "Don't run! Don't run! Don't run!"

Step aside as buyers swarm the neatly stacked books, grabbing handfuls without checking titles, shoving them into boxes, then skidding them along the smooth concrete floor to designated holding areas. Then doing it all over again."

It's a huge amount of work for the Friends, sometimes resulting in a significant profit for the library, sometimes not. Used book dealers are usually welcome, though are often looked at with a jaundiced eye.

Do 'Texas Caviar' and 'Buffalo on a Stick' Sound Good? Buy the Cookbook

If you live in the vicinity of Gurnee, IL, or even if you don't, you're in for a taste treat...the Friends of the Warren-Newport Library have published a cookbook of their favorites, and are selling it as a fundraiser for their library. Another entree is 'elephant stew'...hmm, sounds mysterious.

Here's the story , and here's the friends website (they plan on selling the book in their gift shop) should you want to prepare some of these delicious dishes yourself!!

Bentonville Friends Have a Booksale

The Read It Again Bookstore in Bentonville, AR, is the library's own second-hand bookstore. Their booksale sold a ton of books in preparation for their move to another location.

Ask LISNews: Booksales are great for fundraising, but why do so many Friends organizations only charge $.50 for books when many new books cost well over $20 these days? What do you think of the pricing?

Vista Friends Bookstore Helps Pay the Bills

If you're looking for a bargain book in Vista California, the Encore Bookstore in the library is the place to go. Prices lower than dirt, and all sales benefit the library. Story here from Sign-On San Diego.

ed. note: if your library doesn't have a used bookstore, it should. Used books and other book-related merchandise are the wave of the present/future for helping libraries stay financially healthy...

Mystery Meat on the Menu @ the Wetumpka, AL Library

Here's an idea for having fun and raising money for your library...the Friends of the Wetumpka Library, Wetumpka, AL, is hosting a luncheon featuring 21 mystery authors called Murder on the Menu: A Moveable Feast of Authors, on February 5. More details and a list of authors at the library's website .

Idaho Trustee resigns over library hiring flap

Odd One from Bonner County Daily Bee - Sandpoint,ID, where A trustee for the East Bonner County Library, who served the library for nearly three years, has resigned her position following a community outcry over the hiring of a registered sex offender as the library's circulation attendant. Lutes, 42, was hired by the library in late September after seven months as a library volunteer. She pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a Bonner County girl when she was 14 years old in 2003 and served one year in the Bonner County Jail.

Autographed Book By Johnny Cash Rescued From FOL Sale

Librarians in Owen Sound (ON) Canada have found a treasure among the weeded books headed for the annual book sale...an autographed copy of Johnny Cash's religious novel, "The Man in White." That, along with a signed copy of wife June Carter Cash's autobiography "From the Heart", will be sold at auction on the library's website.

Story from the Star .

Do Your Friends Need Friends? Here's a Few Tips

In the event your Friends group needs an extra friend or two, they can find assistance from two organizations that will help them sell their more valuable used books without the hassle of huge book sales.

The first and most experienced group is Library Book Sales, and the new kid on the block is Friends of the Friends .

Volunteer closes book on 49 years at school library

When Annette Olney first began volunteering in the library at Manchester Memorial Elementary School, Dwight D. Eisenhower was still in office and Mickey Mantle was playing center field for the Yankees.
Now, after teaching three generations of children the joys of literature, the reading and library tutor is retiring, ending a 49-year stint that has made her a fixture at the school.

''She is the matriarch for the school, the grandmother type," said kindergarten teacher Wendy Manninen.
The Boston Globe has more.

Palo Alto City Council Rejects Friends Offer of $100K

As per the recommendation of Library Director Paula Simpson, the city council of Palo Alto, CA rejected a directed donation of the Friends of the Library by a 5 to 4 vote margin. The Friends had hoped the city would use the $100,000 to purchase a modular building to maintain public space in the city's Downtown Library while the Children's Library temporarily closes for renovation next year, but Simpson sees other priorities.

There seems to be an issue regarding which branches are the most utilized and which branches have the most supportive FOL groups. Story here .

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