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Sale of high quality books benefits local library


By editor@phoenixvillenews.com">Justin Finneran, Editor@PhoenixvilleNews.com

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Lower Providence Community Library, located at 50 Parklane Drive in Eagleville, is holding a special $5 ‘fill a bag’ used book sale now through the end of October. The sale, organized by the Friends of the Lower Providence Community Library – the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the library – offers thousands of books, as well as DVDs and audiobooks.
“There are a lot of e-readers being used today so people do not buy as many books as they used too,” said Cathy Kinsley, Co-President of the Friends of the Library. “This is the major fundraiser for the (Friends of the Library).”
For over five years the Friends have regularly conducted a used book sale year-round, with hardback books going for two dollars and paperbacks being just one dollar. The number of special sales has increased due to the numerous donations the library continues to receive.
“We used to just hold the $5 bag sale annually, but it has increased to three times a year - winter, summer and late fall,” said Kinsley. “We get a lot of books in mint condition.”
“I work in the area and this is my lunchtime and after-work spot,” said library patron Pamela Lang, a very active reader who belongs to multiple book clubs and leads her own book club. “The hardback books are in excellent condition and I always find superb books here. With the bag sale, and fitting in as many as you can, I am getting hardback books for about 50 cents each. They are beautifully exquisite books. The paperback selection is excellent as well.”
She also remarked on the selection of books.
“There are fiction and nonfiction, a lot of nice memoirs and other things too. I am finding many different genres for the different book clubs that I belong too. The book sale is really quite excellent.”
The money raised from the sale goes directly toward the purchase items that the library can no longer afford due to funding cuts on the local and state levels.
“We generally collect over $15,000 a year from the book sale,” Kinsley said. “The money is used to pay for many things - books, kid’s computers, audio-visual equipment, kids’ programs - we have a boatload of kids’ programs. As an organization, we do our best to make up the difference.”
The book sale items are organized on shelves located in the library behind the children’s library.
For those looking to donate items to the library, Kinsley said that gently used items which are less than ten years old are being accepted. Donations are welcome at any time during regular library hours, and donors will receive a receipt for their donations.
“We really appreciate all of the wonderful donations and ask that people please continue to donate and support the fundraising effort,” Kinsley said. “All of the proceeds go directly to the library.”
To find out more about the library, including programs and upcoming special events such as the Books, Brews & Beats fundraiser on November 9, visit http://lpc.mclinc.org/