This Friday and Saturday, stop by the Turnbull Gym at the Friday Harbor High School for the Friends of the Library's annual book sale. This is one of the Friends' biggest fundraisers of the year for the Library. Proceeds from sales help fund adult and youth library programming, as well as other purchases and projects that would not be possible without our Friends' assistance.
Most of the books in this sale are generously donated to the Friends by you and other members of our community. The Friends accepts donations of books and other materials at their store, the Treasure Cove, every Wednesday and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.. Some of these donations go directly for sale in the store and others go to their paperback rack at the ferry. And still more make it to the annual holiday sale or the summer sale.
A large part of library work is maintaining and evaluating our collections to ensure we are providing materials that meet the needs and interests of the community. Keeping our collections current and relevant is a priority, and we do this within our space considerations. Besides shifting books on the shelves and pulling items out for display, the library regularly weeds its collection to make room for newly purchased materials.
Weeding is the periodic examination of a library's collection of materials in order to determine which items are no longer useful or needed. So when you hear a librarian talk about weeding, she's not maintaining library grounds, she's developing library collections. When items are weeded from the collection, the Friends accept them as donations for their annual book sale. This past year, as usual, we've weeded from all collections of the library. Maybe you'll find a book that's no longer checking out with our patrons, but is an old favorite of yours.
Okay, enough of the library lingo, now back to the book sale. The Friends sale begins at 6 p.m. on Friday for Friends members only. This is your opportunity to see everything first! Memberships may be purchased at the door.
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