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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale Breaks Record

Just when we think the Friends of the Library sales couldn’t get much better, they break another sales record, and we have sale-goers to thank.

The seven-day Friends Fall Book Sale that ended Oct. 24 took in $108,379.38 in sales of books, DVDs, CDs and other items.

That beat the $107,082.57 from the 2009 Spring Book Sale. And it means the Friends’ two book sales in 2010 had combined sales of $212,646.79.

“The success of the Friends of the Library book sales is a testament to their hard work and passion for helping the Library. We are so grateful for their ongoing support,” said Gay Wilson, planning and development librarian and the library’s liaison to the Friends.

The move to Remington’s on West Republic Road a few years ago, with cavernous space, great customer service and lots of free parking, certainly gave the Friends a great stage for the event. We also noticed this year that donors dropped off a lot more books and audiovisual items at our 10 branches – and you’re welcome to do that throughout year.

All those books and AV item donations kept the Friends of the Library scurrying. They and other volunteers put in 3,033 hours before, during and after the sale.

But once again we have the people from the Ozarks and beyond to thank for participating in the event. The Friends turn the proceeds back to library patrons in the form of new collections, library upgrades, books and entertainment for children and live performances for the whole family throughout the year.
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If you liked the 1993 movie, “Jurassic Park” or you’re a movie buff, carve out some time at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, to see “The Lost World,” the second in our series of “The Great Silents on the Big Screen” at the Library Center. It’s free and open to everyone.

This classic silent film is the 1925 version of “Jurassic Park,” says Kay Rader, Library Center reference manager. Next: The Dec. 11 silent film is “The Black Pirate,” the 1920 version of “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
 


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