Johnstown Independent

Babcock library Friends group collecting books for Oct. 3-5 sale


Charlotte Reichert will find out what's been on the book shelves of many homes this month.

As a member of the Friends of the Mary E. Babcock Library, she'll soon sort through boxes of donated books for the group's fourth annual fundraiser Oct. 3-5 during regular library hours.

"Other libraries have book sales so I think people are familiar with this sort of thing," Reichert said. "We start advertising for people to donate their gently used books in September. Some people just like to clean out their own shelves, and others enjoy coming to the sale to buy books themselves."

Staffers are collecting books in the library meeting room until volunteers arrive the week before the sale, which will feature paperbacks for 50 cents and hardcover books for $1. Some books will be priced higher.

Reichert said it's a good bargain for a good cause.

"We've hosted some authors and illustrators in the past," she said. "We're hoping this time to buy new furniture for the library. This is the only fundraiser that we do."

The sale typically draws all kinds of genres -- from fiction to nonfiction, children's, gardening, self-help and inspirational works.

"It's been very successful in the past," said Reichert, whose group meets quarterly at the library. "We usually have steady business the entire time of the sale. What we don't sell will be available for a donation, whatever you'd like to give. We would prefer no textbooks although things like that do show up, and they can be recycled."

The collection will continue through September.

The Babcock Library, 320 N. Main St, and is part of the Licking County Library system.