The Friends of the Fairview Public Library Book Sale is returning to its roots, moving the three-day sale after almost a decade at the Fairview Rec Center back to the Fairview Public Library in February.
“There will be some changes this year and some challenges, since it is a smaller space, but we’re excited,” Friends President Cheryl Hamilton said. “We’ll still have plenty of books with something for everyone.”
The Friends of the Fairview Public Library Book Sale will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 through Feb. 23 at the Fairview Public Library, 2240 Fairiview Blvd. Set up will begin Saturday, Feb. 16.
The twice annual book sales are a popular fundraiser for the organization which uses proceeds to directly benefit the library. The move was necessary due to renovations at the Rec Center, so the Friends purchased a shed that sits behind the library to hold their inventory of approximately 7,500 books.
A big sale at the summer event helped to reduce the number of books that needed to be moved, but it also left a shortage in some areas.
“What we really need right now are children’s books,” Hamilton said. “Any donations would be appreciated. They can just bring the books to the library during business
The group is also searching for volunteers to help with the sale.
“It’s a lot of work moving and sorting the thousands of books for the sale and it’s backbreaking work, so we need younger volunteers who can help with the heavy lifting,” Hamilton said. “The JROTC from Fairview High School has been awesome. Volunteers are able to earn their service hours.”
The Friends of the Fairview Public Library first formed in the 1980s but disbanded in 2002. It reorganized in 2008 and held its first book sale at the Library. They’ve been hosting the sales since, attracting people from all over the area.
Interested volunteers can email firstname.lastname@example.org.