Annual book sale supports library
No one can throw a book on their spring clean-up pile, so this time of year, hundreds of books start pouring into the Friends of the Library book collection site prompting their annual spring sale.
“It’s always heavier in the spring months. We’re probably sorting 200 to 300 books per week,” said Maggie Lopez, president.
The sale is at First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., across from Grand Junction High School. It opens to members at 3 p.m. today. Non-members can become members with a $10 donation at the door. They’ll get first dibs on the sale plus a punch-card good for a free book and discount at the Friends of the Library book store in the Central Library location.
The public usually lines up early, Lopez said, for the public sale which opens at 9 a.m. Friday morning. Doors will be open until 7 p.m. and reopen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Hardback books cost $1 and soft-cover books are 50 cents.
All of the proceeds support the Mesa County Library in providing literacy programs, murals, and remodeling projects. “We help with whatever they need,” Lopez said.
The Friends of the Library gave $20,000 to the library this year and have pledged to give the same amount annually for the next five years. “That 100,000 dollars could turn into a half a million dollars with matching grants dollars,” Lopez said.
The group accepts used books all year long at the First Congregational Church in the rear of the building. They do not accept magazines, or unsellable, damaged or moldy books. Those books are recycled by the group. For more information, visit http://mesacountylibraries.org/support-us/friends/.