Calling All Books- The Friends Of Lakewood Library Need You!

You are determined. Your house will be clutter-free before you put that turkey in the oven Thanksgiving morning. Valiantly, you work your way through the National Geographics stacked in the basement and the picture books your grown kids have left behind. As you get your domain in apple-pie order, please consider donating unused materials to the Friends of Lakewood Library. You’ll be surprised at the good it will do.

For over thirty years, the Friends have been making magic happen with all sorts of donated books, magazines, DVDs, VHS tapes and CDs that have come from generous donators throughout our community.

For example, that National Geographic magazine you dropped off in the Friends donation box goes into the Friends book sale, where it is purposely sold at an affordable price. “We are still charging the same prices that we did in 1980,” says Friends President, Paul Dimmick. The reason? "So everyone can walk away with a treasure in hand."

Even with generously low prices, the Friends have still managed to increase profits by selling rare books online, holding an on-going sale in the Main Library Atrium and adding Front Porch sales during community events.

Now let’s get back to that National Geographic which has been sold and is currently being enjoyed by some discerning book sale patron. It made 10 cents, and while that may not seem like a lot, it really adds up.

“We’ve raised over a million dollars the last 30 years, and that’s not including the donated books that have become part of the Library’s collection,” says Dimmick. This astounding sum has paid for building improvements, landscaping, furniture, library postage, concerts, educational programs and cultural experiences, including favorites like the Summer Reading Club for kids and the Front Porch Concerts.

So become a part of a great tradition. Donate your books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and Magazines at the Main Library. Stop by the front desk for a donation receipt! And seize the day!

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 4:43 PM, 11.15.2011