It’s not that I’m a packrat, per se — I just really like books! Whether it’s a regular trip to the library or a stroll into a certain downtown-area used bookstore, I rarely walk out of either empty-handed.
So pretty much the worst place for me to go on Oct. 29 was the 35th Friends of the Edmonds Library annual book sale. With the entire Frances Anderson Center gym full of donated books covering all genres and topics, I somehow escaped with spending just $21. Trust me, not an easy feat.
But beyond adding more books to the stacks of unread ones in my bedroom, the Friends’ annual book sale is a significant event both for the Friends and the library. This year, gross proceeds from the sale were approximately $9,800, including $495 in membership fees. The money raised is fed directly back into the library, providing new equipment, funding for children’s and adult programs and everyday supplies.
It was less than three months ago that an article ran in My Edmonds News announcing concerns over the future viability of the Friends. While there still is work to be done, new members and volunteers like myself are always welcome. If you’re a library user, please consider joining the Friends ($10/year individual, $15 for a family) or volunteering at next year’s annual sale or the year-round ongoing book sale near the library’s entrance, where most books are 50 cents-$2. Both sales are wholly volunteer-run, so donations in the drop box at the library or larger multi-box donations that the Friends can arrange to pick up always are welcome.
And if you want to see where the time and money ends up, take a gander at the library’s calendar of events. I’m continually impressed at all the free programs available to our community.
In the meantime, the dark days of winter are a great time to curl up with a book — or 12 — and the library or Friends’ ongoing book sale are great places to find what you may be looking for.
The Friends’ upcoming November meeting (Nov. 17, 6 p.m.) also will feature a raffle for five Kindle readers! Details are available here.
— By Luke Distelhorst