An upcoming book sale will benefit the Huntingdon County Public Library and its patrons.
The Friends of the Huntingdon County Library will be hosting a book sale from Thursday, February 10 through Saturday, February 12 to raise money for the library’s elevator fund.
At their meeting earlier in the month, chairwoman Jessica Moore said the group realized the library still needed funding for the facility.
“We still had a lot of books left from the last sale, so it was perfect timing, even though it was earlier than previous sales,” she said.
Library executive director Lisa Erickson said the elevator fund was 75% of its goal, with funding coming from fundraisers and grants. She said they’ll have the elevator installed this spring.
“The previous one was installed in 1969, so it has exceeded its lifespan,” she said.
Moore said it was necessary to replace the elevator because many customers were using the one that was no longer in service.
“The community relies on this elevator to be able to access all the books,” she said. “Luckily the librarians are doing a great job bringing books to those who need them right now.”
Past book sales have been a great success for the club. Moore said the last two sales, the last in August 2021, brought in a total of $4,000.
“Before COVID, we could actually harvest more than that from our sales,” she said. “Back then, it was just a big book sale instead.”
Security measures will be taken during the sale in February. Moore said they would follow the guidelines put in place by the library.
The price of the books will also remain the same as the August sale. A bag sale, where customers pay for the bag they fill with as many books as they can, will take place on Saturday, February 12.
“There are a lot of books that will be available,” Moore said. “Children and adults will be able to find something they like.”
Due to the work required to set up, Moore said the club was looking for volunteer help. Anyone interested should contact Moore at [email protected] or Pat McNeal at [email protected] Those who wish to become a member of the club are also invited to contact them.
Raising funds for the library is of utmost importance to Moore and the other members of the club.
“It’s especially important in small rural areas like ours. Our fundraisers, such as book sales, can give $5,000 to $7,000 a year to the library,” Moore said. “This money is used to buy needed books and materials or to help pay for community events. We need all our customers to be able to access the available books as they wish. »
Moore said the Friends are grateful to the community and the librarians for all their hard work over the years.
“Librarians do so much for everyone,” she says. “There is so much beyond the books the library adds and none of this would be possible without these wonderful people.”
The book sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, then from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12.