Friends of the Library to host annual book sale

These shelves have books for sale all year. The annual book sale on Oct. 5-7 will have more books from which to choose. Staff photo.

By Joey McWilliams

DURANT – The Donald W. Reynolds Library is once again giving the community an opportunity to take books home without having to bring them back.

The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 7.

Robbee Tonubbee, library director, said it is one of the Friends of the Library’s oldest traditions.

“It’s always the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October,” Tonubbee said. “It helps to get rid of some of our surplus books, donations that the library couldn’t put in the collection, books that are outdated, duplicate items, and all the money that is raised goes to the Friends organization to help support the library.”

The Friends of the Library raises money with this fundraiser, and Tonubbee said the organization does much to help with what the library does.

“Right now, they support and pay for most of the genealogy databases we have here,” Tonubbee said. “They’ve helped with art work when the library first opened. They’ve helpd with food for the feeding center. They do a huge amount for the summer reading program and for the murder mystery dinner theatre. They support a lot of what we do.”

The Friends of the Library meets once a quarter and has special called meetings to get ready for the book sale and some other big events.

Tonubbee said the organization does a lot for the community as well, citing the group’s recent help at the Pet Parade in August. A future goal for the Friends is to by the end of 2018 have one major event every month.

“Without the Friends, we wouldn’t be able to do half of what we do.”

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