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By KP Palmer
It was a book lover’s paradise at the Friends of the Library book sale on Saturday October 27th held in Harker Heights Stewart C Myer Public library. As far as the eye could see sat rows and rows of books and electronic materials in every genre imaginable. Friends of the Library President, Vivian Marschic was pleased with the turnout.
“During our early bird sale on Friday from 4-6, we made over 1,000 dollars in two hours!”
Saturday’s turnout proved to be even more profitable with Harker Heights residents buying their favorite titles and helping to provide for other book lovers as well.
“We hold two book sales a year, in the spring and the fall,” Marschic explained. “All the money we raise goes to the Children’s program at the library and toward any other needs the library may have.”
The proceeds of the last book sale went to help fund the prizes at the Library’s Monster Book Bash last week.
Marschic knows the importance of an all volunteer organization and had some dedicated help in FOL members, Nancy Rosenberry and Juliana Greene at the checkout line.
“This is my first time volunteering with the book sale and I just love it,” explained Rosenberry. “It is nice to see everyone so excited about the books.”
The FOL volunteers were not the only ones helping the sale run smoothly. Eastern Hills Middle School Builder’s Club was also on hand to help customers with their book selections and to keep displays neat and organized. Marschic explained how valuable these young volunteers are to the day.
“These kids are part of the Kiwanis Club’s programs through the Builders Club. They work hard to be builders of the community and we couldn’t run the sale without them. They are working toward a Presidential Service Award.”
Over the course of the day, the book rows began to dwindle, but the enthusiasm was still high. Heights resident Megan Velez and her children Caleb and Nora Valez spent a great morning looking for beloved books by their favorite authors.
“I am looking for anything by Rick Riordan,” said a serious Caleb.
His sister was not as selective about the books she was looking for at the sale.
“I just love to read, said Nora. “I have my own money to spend and I plan to spend it all!”
Megan Velez enjoyed watching her kids look so enthusiastically for books. “I am just the driver; they know what they are looking for.
After 2 PM, all patrons who purchased books were invited back to pick up some free materials and by the close of the sale, the FOL cleared almost 3, 000 dollars to give back the the library community.
Now that is a happy ending!