Central Library holiday book sale runs through Dec. 14
WHAT: Friends of Mesa County Libraries Holiday Book Sale
WHEN: Dec. 2 through Dec. 14 during regular library hours
WHERE: Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St.
Patrons who peruse daily the Friends of Mesa County Libraries’ holiday book sale may find new titles each time they visit.
The library Friends group will replenish the table displayed with good-condition, mostly current books each day of the sale that started Monday and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 14. The book sale is going on during library hours just inside the library’s west entrance, across from the A Novel Idea used bookstore.
There are coffee table books, CDs, VHS videos, and DVDs, as well as plenty of best-sellers from the last three years.
Books of every genre have been held back specifically for the holiday sale because many would make good gifts, said Friends president Maggie Lopez.
Donated titles include the “Hunger Game” series, fiction by Robert Parker, Tom Clancy and James Patterson, plus Colorado history books. There are also children’s books.
Grand Valley resident Shelley Martin was on her way out of the library already carrying a stack of books when she stopped to browse.
“I found a book for 50 cents for my grandbaby,” Martin said.
Friends of Mesa County Libraries is like an auxiliary group that raises money for special programs at the library.
“We support programs that are not paid for by the tax-base,” such as the summer reading and the literacy programs, and the library’s poetry night, Lopez said.
Plus, “we’re paying off our pledge of $100,000 for the remodel,” Lopez said. “We’re giving $20,000 a year for five years. By promising this amount, the library foundation (was able to leverage) the money to get another half-million of free money (in grants).”
The Friends group has also pledged $5,000 toward the purchase of new video equipment for the library to allow artists in the community to videotape their work.
“We do the extras,” Lopez said.
The Friends group has about 150 members (30 active) that collect used books for resale at its A Novel Idea bookstore, and at annual book sales.
“We’re still taking donations,” Lopez said, at a book depository box outside First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St.
Most items at the holiday book sale will be under $10. Gift certificates for use at A Novel Idea Bookstore will also be available.
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