Going on vacation? Need something to read? Try "shopping" in the Cherokee Public Library's book saleroom.
You never know what you will find but there's usually a selection of both paperbacks and hard covers. And at $.10 each no one care if it gets dropped in a lake! That has actually happened more than once with library books.
Our book sale is composed of donations and library discards. Even priced at a dime it is amazing the volume of books that come and go through that room. The profits usually add $50-$100 to the Friends of the Library coffers on a monthly basis.
Coming up is our annual "big" book sale. On it will be the nicer items that have been donated. We store them all year for our July event and our cupboards are full. We will have paperbacks and hardbacks as well as other items such as puzzles, CD's and movies. This sale will take place during the downtown crazy days and begin at 10am on Thursday, July 15. Items will be marked in the $.50 - $5 range.
I want to make a few notes on book donations. We really appreciate being called before having things dropped off. I can't stress this enough. We will not take huge quantities and we don't take encyclopedias or textbooks. Neither are we interested in old National Geographic magazines or Reader's Digest condensed books.
And please...nothing that's dirty, moldy or stinky from sitting in a basement or garage. Most people find it very difficult to throw away books but they are like anything else. Sometimes there comes a point when they are of no value and no one wants them. In that case they need to be recycled if possible or just plain discarded. We appreciate it when that happens before they show up at our doorstep.
A reminder...the summer reading program kicks off on Friday, July 2 with a puppet show and workshop at 10:30 a.m. at the Sanford Museum. Each child will make and take a puppet home. The event is sponsored with a gift from Ann Gordon and Tony Startt who celebrated their wedding last year with donations to favorite places. We were lucky enough to be one of them. We saved it for something special and we think this will be a great way to use it.
And speaking of donations, here's another fun one. Thanks to Dennis Allen for donating a copy of his recently published book, The Cherokean. It's a historical western with a great cover. Call 225-3498 if you're interested in being on the list to read it.
Summer is a wonderful time to use your library so stop in and see what we have to offer.