HED:Library booking on friends at annual sale

By Rick Hynum

Daily Journal

A fund-raiser for the Tupelo-Lee County Library lets patrons read - and feed - for a good cause.

The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale takes place from 3 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the library. Books and baked goods will be sold.

Today's sale is for members of Friends of the Library only. However, anyone can join at that time for $5 and then make purchases. Saturday's sale is open to the public.

Louann Hurst, director of the Lee-Itawamba Library System, gave the event a glowing review.

"It's a wonderful event for the library. It brings people in and brings the community together."

All proceeds from the sale will be applied to making improvements or additions to the library, said Frances Sheffield, president of the Friends of the Library.

"We have every kind of book imaginable for sale, from fiction to biographies to how-to books and magazines," she said. "Everything that's readable, we have it for sale."

The sale includes cookbooks, reference books, westerns, romances, mysteries and sci-fi, plus records, tapes and videos.

The books are donated by Friends members and the public. Items for the bake sale, including cakes, cookies, pies, jellies and jams, are homemade by Friends members.

The sale usually earns between $2,000 and $3,000, Sheffield said. She added that Wal-Mart will award the Friends organization a grant matching the amount of money raised at the event.

Hurst said that Friends of the Library helped raise funds for the library's CD-ROM and Internet network system.

"That's probably the best-received service we've had since I've been here," Hurst said. "Probably half the people who come here use it."

Hurst said the library's board of directors will decide how to use the fund-raiser's proceeds. One possibility includes expanding the existing computer network, she said.

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