Library sale to feature new books

Dawna Menton is surrounded by only a portion of the books to be sold to benefit Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library May 10-15.

Sometimes an offer is too good to refuse.

The Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library received many high quality hardcover books recently, which means a book sale is in the works.

"A man donated 16 boxes of books, which started the ball rolling," said library assistant Sharon Zaretskie.

The Friends of the Library used to host an annual sale, selling books brought in by the public and those culled from the library shelves. It resulted in tables upon tables of hard- and softcover books, audiovisual materials, magazines and puzzles. A tremendous amount of work went in to preparing for the sale.

Several years ago, the library staff and Friends switched to a rolling book sale, with one table set aside permanently, holding items available for purchase at a price determined by the buyer. That method has been termed 'very successful' and doesn't require much manual labor. However, when the generous offer came along, it was hard for the very people who love books to say 'no'. They were most appreciative of the donation and responded with a hearty 'yes.'

Some of the brand new books replaced old or worn books on the shelves, and the rest are reserved for a huge sale.

It has been scheduled for May 10 to 15. It will be held in the Children's Room on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"There's something for everyone," Zaretskie said. The hundreds of books will be offered at $1 for hardbacks, 50 cents for children's books, and 25 cents for paperbacks. Proceeds will fund programming and materials for Besore patrons.

Help is needed

Library assistant Dawna Menton noted that this sale does require manual labor once again. The boxes and boxes of books are stored in the historical room in the basement. On May 6 the books need to the children’s wing in the other basement. This means trips up and down stairs, or across the parking lot, depending on the weather. She asked that anyone willing to help with the move sign up at the front desk. In the ensuing days, library personnel will arrange the materials on tables, to make ready for the public by Monday, May 10.