Longtime Friends of the Library member, Sandra Currie said this years’ sale will offer book lovers more than a thousand books from which to choose.

Cooke County Librarian Jennifer Johnson-Spence noted that most books are priced at $1 for hardbacks and fifty cents for paperback books.

Things have definitely changed for the better at the Cooke County Library. In case you haven’t stopped by lately, the library has become a much more visually-stimulating place thanks to the efforts of Johnson-Spence and the Friends of the Library with its scores of generous members and volunteers

Some of the these changes are possible only because of the work being done by the Friends of the Library.

Johnson-Spence said the Friends do a lot to help the library purchase items that are not included in the budget. “Last year we were able to purchase those two entrance carpets, a puppet show booth for the children, new books, new carpet for the Teen section, book bags (for library patrons to use on rainy days to protect books) and two new benches out front,” she said.

Many of the books included in the book sale are donated by the public. Book sale chairman Nancy Cheaney said more book donations are always appreciated. “They can drop off the books at the library anytime before May 17,” she said.

Some of the books have been taken off library shelves because they have become dated or are duplicate copies.

She also pointed out that this years’ sale will take place in a cool, comfortable environment with 20 to 30 volunteers working in three shifts. “That way no one has to work more than 3 or 4 hours a shift,” she said.

Friends of Library held its first meeting April 11, 1996. Cheaney said she got the idea to begin a Friends of the Library group in Gainesville while visiting her sister in California. “I saw an active Friends of the Library group (in California),” she said. “They were people who were interested in reading for education and helping supply their library with things that were not in the budget.”

Today the Cooke County Library has a “full force of employees,” she said. “And there’s a wonderful children’s reading program. It’s just a great place for people to come in and read.”

Friends of the Library meets every three months. The organization’s next meeting is May 18 at 11:30 at Whaley United Methodist Church, 701 Rosedale Drive. The meeting includes a luncheon and the cost is $10 at the door. For reservations call Jimmie Holderman 665-2400, Jean Burris 612-4502, Carol King, 665-3389 or Marge Priest 665-6607. Reservations can be made through May 12.

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