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Friends of the Library book sale just around the corner, begins March 12

Posted: March 1, 2011 3:27 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Opening night for the annual Friends of the Kershaw County Library (FOKCL) book sale is March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for members only of Friends of the Kershaw County Library. For those who are not yet members for 2011, membership may be obtained at the door. The site is the old Piggly Wiggly building on U.S. 1 North, across from the new Piggly Wiggly store in Camden.

Remaining days for the sale, open to members and non-members, will be March 11, 12, and 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the final day, March 20, already low prices will be slashed to half-price!

This year’s selection of books will be wonderful, as always, said Anthony Hawkesworth, chair person for the sale. Thousands of gently used books will be available, including paperback novels for as little as 25 cents each, history books, nature and gardening books, cook books, religious and philosophy books, art and travel books, and many other categories. Even DVDs, CDs, and audio books will be available. Lots and lots of children’s books will be there too. Bargain hunters will have a field day!

Friends president Bob Vaughan says that the book sale is the primary source of income for the Friends of the Kershaw County Library.

“We use the proceeds to fund the projects we have identified to improve Kershaw County library facilities, to purchase new books and DVDs for the library collection and to sponsor the childhood literacy initiative called BEE – Books Enrich Everyone. We are especially proud of the BEE program as it involves a ground breaking practice of giving books to at-risk pre-school children while also providing training for their parents and childcare providers to maximize the value of the children’s preparation for reading,” Vaughan states. “So, with every book sold at the book sale, additional benefits will return to the community.”

This year, the Friends organization plans to fund several initiatives to make more library books available for downloading. Computer access to books is something more and more readers will appreciate. Many who have bought the new “e-readers” will enjoy a wide range of books they can soon check out of the library digitally. Additional enhancements will include greater access to more books through library sharing programs. Since public funding has been drastically cut again this year, Friends of the Library plays an essential role in helping the library maintain its relevance with current resources.
Readers of all ages have traditionally flocked to the annual Kershaw County Book Sale.

“Yes, it has been very well attended in past years and most people are thrilled with the low prices they find,” Hawkesworth said. “For the cost of a single new book, a shopper may be able to bring home 10 or 20 books.”
For those who have not yet joined Friends of the Kershaw County Library, they may become members at the sale. Basic membership for one individual is available for as little as $15 and family membership can be purchased for $25-$99. 

Joining Friends of the Kershaw County Library at the $100, $200 or $300 level or above will be rewarded with an invitation to some very special events. On March 18, a dinner at the Robert Mills Courthouse followed by speaker Marianne Gingher is the “thank-you” event for members who join at the $300 level or above. Gingher is an award winning writer and professor of creative writing at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC. Those who join at $100 and above are invited to a guided woodland walk near Liberty Hill on March 27. Lisa Towell will lead the walk along Native American trails and Civil War soldiers’ routes and review interesting tidbits of history at various landmarks along the way

Vaughan encourages anyone who hasn’t already joined FOKCL to pick up a member application at any of the three Kershaw County libraries or call any library. 

“You’ll be making an important investment in our community as well as enjoying some very entertaining events. See you at the book sale,” he adds.

If anyone has questions about the book sale, call Hawkesworth at 703-8094 or 420-7510.

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