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Friends' sale boasts books that inform, entertain

It's not too late to whip your yard and garden into shape this summer, and the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries has the resources to help.

At this weekend's book sale, you can pick up The Pitiful Gardener's Handbook: Successful Gardening in Spite of Yourself, The Ohio Lawn Guide, Simple Steps to Success: Planting a Small Garden and many others, including specialty titles that focus on trees and shrubs, orchids and herbs that are overflowing with know-how.

If you're the Christmas-loving crafty type, now's the time to get started on gifts and decorations. You'll find step-by-step instructions for everything from beaded candles and lip balm to gumdrop ornaments and knitted stockings in books by Delaware's own Gooseberry Patch.

Most books can be yours for $1 to $2 at the sale, which starts at 9 a.m. Friday, July 18, and continues through Sunday, July 20, at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

All books are in good condition. In addition to an impressive adult fiction and nonfiction selection, there are also children's and teen titles, cookbooks, home and garden titles, travel books and more.

Children's books will be sold at two for $1, and there's a great selection, including the fun picture books Grumpy Cat and Two Old Potatoes and Me. Will Komako Sakai's beautifully illustrated version of The Velveteen Rabbit or Don Freeman's charming Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library go home with you?

If you can't wait until July 18, to take a look at all the books the Friends will have available, consider joining the organization. A members-only pre-sale is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 17. You can join at that time.

Friends Foundation book sales are also planned Sept. 12-14 and Dec. 5-7.

Book sales are huge moneymakers for the Friends Foundation, which depends on the proceeds to support Worthington Libraries activities and services not always covered by public funding.

In 2013, the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries provided nearly $80,000 to support the library. Thanks to the Friends, there are now homework help centers at all three library locations and area families were treated to outstanding music series at both Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library. The organization also paid for half of last week's Chautauqua visit.

So, help the Friends continue their support of Worthington's libraries by attending this weekend's book sale. From children's books and mysteries to biographies and bestsellers, you're sure to find what you and your family are reading!

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.

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