Used book sale benefitting library set for Saturday
by Mark Andrews
May 30, 2013 | 308 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Friends of the Bartow County Library System is hosting a used book sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cartersville branch. Friends member Ed Bostick said this quarterly fundraiser, which raises about $1,500 at each event, will not only feature its fare of used paperback and hardback fiction and non-fiction, but also will feature specialty books.

“I’m personally setting up a special table for what I call ‘special books’ that are usually going to be priced higher than the usual [books],” Bostick said, adding most books are .50 cents for paperback to $1 for hardback. “These are books I’ve discovered are more valuable than that ... and they’re priced accordingly for people who might want them as a collector’s item.”

He said the majority of books on sale vary in genre and interest, much like the books available at the county’s library branches.

“Second to raising money for the library, I’ve always been on [the Friends of the Bartow County Library System] board to

encourage people to come out to the library and read,” Bostick said. “We have a library in Cartersville/Bartow County that people marvel at, when people come out of town we show it to them and they think it’s amazing.”

He noted that beyond reading from its array of books, the library offers technology and summer activities for both children and adults.

Friends of the Bartow County Library System may arrive at 9 a.m., an hour before the event, to begin shopping. Nearing the end of the sale, patrons can take part in a tradition held at each quarterly book sale.

“The last hour of the book sale you can buy a recycle bag that we sell at the library, it’s a $5 bag, and you can fill it with as many books as you can shove in it,” President Karen Barnhart previously told The Daily Tribune news, adding the bag can be reused at future library sales. “Typically, people put anywhere from 10 to 30 books in there.”

While the event will give patrons an opportunity to browse through a number of books they can purchase at a low price, Bostick said the overall intent is to fund the library in an effort to help continue providing its services to the community.

“We usually give a check to the library once a year for $10,000 to $12,000 through our annual fundraising,” Bostick said.