Local view: Book sale keeps library's collection up to date
Who says you can't improve on a great thing? For almost a quarter of a century the Friends of the Duluth Public Library has offered the premier book sale of the Upper Midwest. This year we've made it even better by adding an extra day. The public...
Who says you can't improve on a great thing? For almost a quarter of a century the Friends of the Duluth Public Library has offered the premier book sale of the Upper Midwest. This year we've made it even better by adding an extra day. The public can enjoy the sale June 12-15. If you are a member of the Friends, you can come on June 11 to find the best of the best.
The passage of a parks and recreation referendum last November has provided more money for Duluth's public libraries in 2012. However, all the money has gone toward expanding the libraries' open hours. The budget for buying books and other materials has remained unchanged for the past several years. This makes the money raised at the Friends' book sale more important than ever. In 2011, the Friends brought in more than $22,000, all of which went to the library to buy resources and equipment for the community to use.
With the library branches open five days a week and hours expanded at all three locations, the need for materials and equipment has risen. A record number of new users can be found at the branches, borrowing materials, using the library's computers or Wi-Fi service and taking advantage of the expertise of library staff. During tough economic times, people use the library to access critical information to look for a job. They are gaining literacy skills necessary to become informed and engaged citizens. And they are bringing their children to the library to enjoy its nurturing and encouraging atmosphere.
Supporting the public library is one reason to shop the book sale. The other? Supporting your personal library by finding some terrific bargains.
The sale will be set up in four rooms. The Green Room has everything from art to gardening to travel, classics and newer fiction, westerns, sci-fi and humor titles. In the Gold Room are finer books for children and adults, collectibles and gift-quality items beautiful to see and to read. In the garage are books, films and recordings for infants to young adults, plus parenting and teaching materials. The Media Room has films, recorded books and music. True aficionados and collectors can take part in the silent auction where rare and unique items will go to the highest bidders up until 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 13.
Please come to the Main
Library downtown June 11-15 to get all your summer reading at bargain prices. At the same time you will be helping the Duluth Public Library buy more books, DVDs, magazines and computers.
Additional information about the Duluth Public Library and its book sale is at www.duluth.lib.mn.us/
Carla Powers is manager of the Duluth Public Library; Adele Krusz is a member of the Friends of the Library group.