This weekend might be the perfect opportunity to stock up on summer reads. The 45th annual friends of the tom green county library book sale starts tonight. Beginning in 1979, friends of the tom green county library, works to support and draw attention to the county library system. The friends organization wwas largely responsible for the construction of the angelo west branch library. The annual book sale raises thousands of dollars for the library.
Library director Jill Donegan tells some of what she loves best about this event. “It’s having all the friends of the library in one room,” said Donegan. “They’re all amazing people and do amazing things for the library who donate their time and effort to raising money for the library system. However I don’t get to see them all as often as I’d like to. So this event really brings everybody together and we can all work and we can all work to do a great thing for the library system.”
During the sale at McNease Convention Center, prices for hardbacks will be $1.50 and children’s books will be selling for 25 to 50 cents. Proceeds will pay for new library books, education programs and activities. This year, the organization does have a specific goal in mind.
“Trying yo raise money to expand the North Branch library,” explained Joe Lynch, president of the Tom Green County Friends of the Library. “They’re kind of land locked where they are, but they have a little bit of room for expansion and they really need the room up there.”
Last year the sale raised roughly $25,000. With the mass of items available this year, they hope to do it again. The Tom Green County Library “friends of the library” book sale continues through Monday afternoon at the convention center. Used books are also available to purchase year round at the TGCFOL bookstore located inside Stephens Central Library.