Volunteer group assists library

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 21, 2008

A sunny Friday was a good time for book-lovers to check out the semiannual book sale of the Friends of the Library for the Briggs Lawrence County Library.

That’s what Bernadette Kinney of Ironton thought as she spent part of the morning at the main branch checking out the tables of used hard back and paper back books for sale.

“I usually look for certain authors, if they have the book and I haven’t read it I buy it,” she said.

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Nearby at the checkout table were Lois Gillenwater, Jean Dickess and Jean Kelley, all members of the volunteer library organization.

The Friends group meets every other month and twice a year holds the book sale fund-raiser. Proceeds from past sales have bought tables for the library, umbrella stands, even the carousel kiosk in the children’s section of the main branch.

“Whatever the library needs, we help them,” Gillenwater said. “We came in here and looked around and saw they needed more tables, a clock and book cases.”

As far as collecting the wares the group sells, patrons go through their book collections at home and drop off any one they’re culled from their cases throughout the year.

Then the Friends spend about a week sorting and pricing the items.

The book sale, which goes on in the spring and fall, has been sponsored by the Friends for more than 20 years.

On May 21, the organization will remember those members who are deceased in a ceremony where a plaque and an oil painting of the Memorial Day parade by Chris Murphy will be dedicated.