2018-07-11 / Front Page

Annual book sale to kick off Thursday on Juniata College campus

By APRIL FEAGLEY
Staff Writer


Jim Gooch arranged a selection of history books in preparation for the Friends of the Huntingdon County Library’s annual book sale, which will open with a preview night for members tonight, Wednesday, July 11, and will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, and Friday, July 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14, at the mezzanine in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center at Juniata College. 
Photo by APRIL FEAGLEY Jim Gooch arranged a selection of history books in preparation for the Friends of the Huntingdon County Library’s annual book sale, which will open with a preview night for members tonight, Wednesday, July 11, and will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, and Friday, July 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14, at the mezzanine in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center at Juniata College. Photo by APRIL FEAGLEY There is nothing better than kicking back with a good book for a little summer reading, and to help local bookworms refresh their supplies, the Friends of the Huntingdon County Library is set to launch its annual book sale.

This year’s sale will take place at a brandnew location, the mezzanine in Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Juniata College, and will open to the public at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 12.

“We’ve been in a constant search for a place that would be air conditioned and we wanted a place with lots of parking,” said Julie Peoples of the Friends of the Huntingdon County Library. “One of our board members approached the college to ask if they had a site we could use.”

The answer was a resounding yes.

“With the college’s interest in connecting with the community, they were able to accommodate us for our typical time-slot of the week after the Fourth of July,” Peoples said. “There was not a lot going on for the five days we needed the space for set up and sale.”

Volunteers were busy Tuesday and this morning setting up tables ahead of the sale.

“One of the challenges is to figure out where to put the tables,” she said. “Some years, we have a ton of children’s books and others a ton of other genres. It’s a guessing game.”

A preview night for Friends of the Library, or those interested in becoming members of the organization, will be held from 6-8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, July 11.

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14, at which time the $8 bag sale will be offered.

To help other community libraries in Huntingdon County, the librarians and volunteers have been invited to take part in the preview night event and will be afforded the opportunity to collect any unsold books at the conclusion of the sale.

“Our biggest selection of books is always fiction, both hardback and paperback. That makes up the majority,” said Peoples. “The next biggest is probably children’s books.”

Most of the books available for sale come through gifts and donations made to the library.

“All of the donations come in to the library, where they are gone through to see if they fill a need,” she said. “If it is needed in the collection, then it goes into the collection.”

Sometimes, multiple copies of the same book are donated, in which case the one of best quality is placed on the library shelf and the others are held in reserve for the sale.

“By having the Friends do the book sale, it helps the library raise local donations that can be used for matching funds from the state. It also reflects our community support,” Peoples said. “Last year, we were able to give a check to the library for around $11,000. The book sale generates a lot of money for us.”

As the largest fundraiser held for the library each year, the monies raised aid in the library’s operations and program costs.

April can be reached at afeagley@huntingdondailynews.com.

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