Despite the opening of Between the Covers, the local friends of the library’s book store, the group is continuing its tradition of hosting book sales at the library.
The lone sale for 2016 kicked off on Wednesday and will run through Saturday at the Mount Airy Public Library.
“This sale is rooted in tradition,” explained Christi Stevens, the president of the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library organization.
Stevens said the group has been hosting book sales for more than 30 years. With a good turn-out, the group raises between $2,500 and $3,500 for library programs. Though the funds aren’t earmarked for any one activity, they particularly help support the library’s summer reading program.
“That pretty much pays for the summer reading program,” remarked Stevens.
In May, the Friends organization opened Between the Covers on Main Street. The store keeps regular business hours and offers deals on donated books. While it serves the same purpose as the annual book sale, Stevens said the group just didn’t want to do away with a tradition of more than 30 years.
That stated, she said the group formerly held two sales. However, the fall and spring sales have been combined into one in the fall.
“It all goes to the same cause. We don’t want the sale and the store to compete,” explained Stevens. “We have a big heart for tradition, and there are those who just like a good library book sale.”
Stevens said the sale will include many titles not available at Between the Covers, and those who visit the library will enjoy the convenience of having the many books available for sale at the same location.
“There are deals here you just can’t beat,” remarked Stevens. “It’s getting cold out. It’s a great time of year to cozy up with a good book.”
The sale kicked off on Wednesday, when it ran from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Stevens said that day offered patrons their first opportunity to pick up best-selling titles included in the sale’s inventory.
On Thursday the sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. Stevens said prices will be cut on this day. The sale will open its doors again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday the sale will offer special discounts to patrons.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.