Library friends looking for books
Annual book sale benefit again set during Festival Days
August 28, 2013
The Friends of the Havre-Hill County Library organization is looking for some books.
The group is again holding its annual book sale during Havre Festival Days, one of its two main fundraisers, and people who would like to donate books for the sale can drop the books off at the library at 402 3rd St.
Friends President Jean Scofield said the books need to be dropped off before the sale starts Thursday, Sept. 19, to allow sorting the donations.
The book sale starts the day before the main Festival Days activities, running from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. that Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20. The sale continues from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22.
The books are put out for perusal and purchase, with new books brought out as the stacks are picked clean, so the inventory displayed changes throughout the weekend.
Scofield said the book sale is one of the Friends’ two major fundraisers each year, the other being the Pie Social it holds on Valentine’s Day.
Most of the books sold at the annual Festival Days event are donated, although some books taken out of circulation by the library are also sold.
The majority of the books are available at the cost of $1 for as many as fit in a grocery bag.
Scofield said some books may be sold at set prices, such as newer books at $1 each, rather than at the per bag of books price, and sometimes books or items are grouped together at a different price — one year a collection of books on Montana history were put together in a basket, another year a basket of children’s books was sold as a collection.
“It all depends on what we have,” she said.
Not all of the items sold are books, either. Scofield said a variety of items, such as vinyl records, could be donated for sale.
“And the funds that we reap from our fundraisers go to the library’s needs,” she said.
Some of the help the Friends of the Havre-Hill County Library has provided include funding the children’s reading program in the summer and the adult reading program in the winter. Others have been purchasing a microphone for the library and purchasing a license allowing the library to show movies, she said.
“It all goes back to the library,” Scofield said.