Book on over to the library for 34th annual used material sale

Thousands of boxed books fill the stage in the Wyoming Room at the Campbell County Public Library Monday afternoon. Friends of the Library and volunteers will spend the afternoon setting up for tomorrow's start to the 34th Annual Used Book Sale. (RJ Morgan/County 17)

If you needed another reason to visit our hometown library, consider this your invitation.

The Campbell County Public Library (CCPL) will host the 34th Annual Used Book Sale starting tomorrow and ending next Monday, Sept. 20. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library and all the proceeds are invested right back into the Gillette and Wright libraries.

“This is something that is an annual event and helps raise money for so many great things at both of our libraries,” said Genevieve Schlekeway, adult program manager at CCPL. “We invite everyone to stop by and look through everything. There is so much at this annual book sale. And after the first day, it’s open to anyone and everyone.”

The book sale will be in the Wyoming Room at the library in Gillette. It will be a sea of books as thousands of pieces for all ages will be spread throughout the room.

There will also be additional miscellaneous items such as music, movies, games and even some old records. It’s 12 months of accumulation that has consumed the stage with hundreds of boxes over the past year.

“The books have been collected for the last year. We start putting away for this starting the day after the end of the book sale from last year,” explained Schlekeway.

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The books range from out-of-circulation or damaged books to reading material that has been donated over the past year. The books range in genres and there are small print and large print as well as both paperback and hardback books.

The event will run from Tuesday, Sept. 14 through Monday, Sept.  20. The first day of the sale is the Friends Early Bird Special reserved for members of the Friends of the Library. It’s one of the many perks members receive for supporting the program. The remainder of the week is open to everyone, library members and non-members during regular library hours.

The final three days – Saturday through Monday – guests can expect to leave with a handful. During those days visitors can fill-a-bag for $5.

Those who wish to join the Friends of the Library can also do so at the book sale and immediately enjoy first look at the books on sale. The memberships range from individual to family to business.

“The Friends of the Library is such a great program to be a part of because you get a lot of benefits from being a member and you help raise money that goes right back into the library,” said Donna Webb of Friends of the Library. “The new water fountains at both libraries are one of the many things that the Friends of the Library program supports.”

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The Friends of the Library last year awarded five $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors.

As a Friend of the Library, a couple of the benefits besides getting first digs at the book sale include invites to special events, meet and greets with published authors at autograph sessions, and the waiver of late fees at both branches.

The mission of Friends of the Library is to build strong public support, awareness and stewardship values within our community. For more information, visit www.ccpls.org.