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Friends of the Dayton Metro Library Booksale Sets Record

The Friends of the Dayton Metro Library held their largest and most successful sale this past weekend at the Spring Booksale at Hara Arena. There were nearly twice as many books as the Fall 2013 sale.

"We had a large turnout, and everyone seemed to enjoy the expanded selection available for purchase throughout the sale," said Luke Lovell, Treasurer for the Friends.

All proceeds from the booksale benefit the Friends of the Library organization, which in turn provides support for the Dayton Metro Library. The Friends run a volunteer program, provide incentives for Summer Reading Clubs, support literacy, sponsor speakers and more.

Recent support provided by the Friends of the Library include:

  • Sponsoring the annual Summer Reading Clubs
  • Hosting travel writer and television personality Rick Steves in Dayton
  • Purchasing unique furniture such as beanbag chairs for library teen areas
  • Supporting the annual Big Read community reading project
  • Providing cash awards for the library poetry and photography contests

Most of the materials sold at the booksale are weeded from throughout the Dayton Metro Library system.

"Weeding is a vital part of maintaining a useful collection," said Jennifer Spillman, Manager of the Adult Services Division. "Older items and duplicate items are continually weeded out of the collection in order to make room for new items."

The next Friends of the Dayton Metro Library booksale is scheduled for October 3, 4 and 5 at Hara Arena. To learn more or become a Friend of the Dayton Metro Library, or if you have a group that would like to volunteer to help at the next sale, call the library's Community Relations Department at 496-8901.

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