Pump up the volumes
Carly Block, 22, and Kenneth Heidlauf, 33, came to the Glenwood Springs Library to use the Internet on Monday morning.The two then wandered downstairs to the basement to check out the book sale and found they couldn’t tear themselves away.”We’re finding all kinds of goodies,” Heidlauf said.He thumbed through a book titled “American Horses and Ponies,” while Block was looking through a book reviewing hostels in the United States. An employee of the Glenwood Springs Hostel, Block opened the book up to a review of the hostel where she works. She showed Heidlauf that the hostel received a score of five party hats.Sherri Scruby, a volunteer with the Friends of the Glenwood Library, said between 75-100 people come in and browse the books on any given day during the weeks. “We had more the first couple of days, so it’s tapering off,” she said.
Fellow volunteer Louise Jackson, who was manning the cash box, said people definitely enjoy the books, and they buy lots of them.”It’s good to see that so many people still love books and still read instead of watch TV,” she said.Scruby said it took more than 30 volunteers to help set up the tables and display the books. For Andrea Coe, 28, it was a great time to come down and get some books for her boys, 1-year-old Jerdan, and 3-year-old Keenen.”They love books,” she said.Coe said this was a way for the boys to pick out their own books instead of letting her choose the books for them. She said Keenen and Jerdan really like books about sports. Keenen quickly found a book he liked.”If they pick out their own books, they read them,” she said.
The books being sold were there by the kindness of community members who donated the books to the library. Scruby said that there were at least 15,000 books being sold. In the last couple of days, they’ve sold about 3,000-5,000 books. Sometimes they have patrons buy several boxes worth of books.”We’ve sold a gigantic number of books,” said volunteer Eva Fitzwater. “And we’ve still got plenty.”The proceeds from the book sales are going to the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Library. With the money raised, the library can buy books, CDs and DVDs and more supplies that the library needs.The book sale is being held in the basement of the Glenwood Springs Library and will run until Saturday, Oct. 13
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