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Book sale raises funds, spirit for Barboursville Library

Sep. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- The books may have been used, but the community spirit was as good as new during the first day of the Fall Used Book Sale on Saturday at the Barboursville Branch of the Cabell County Library.

The event annually corresponds with the weekend of Barboursville Fall Fest, and this year's event did not deter from that tradition, said Linda LaRue, branch manager.

The sale included every type of media the library has to offer, including, but not limited to, books, DVDs, CDs and a lot of educational tools for children, said LaRue.

The items available for purchase in the sale are a mix of library property and items donated from the community, said LaRue.

"We do have a great community here," said LaRue. "They make a lot of donations with the books for the sale and in the sale. They do things like...there was one person whose bill was $3, and he gave us $5 and told us to keep the change. We have great patrons who support us in a lot of ways."

The library raised $700 during Saturday's sale, and LaRue estimated about 150 people came through the library during the event.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Friends of the Library program, which goes toward funding events including weekly Story Hour as well as holiday and educational outreach events at the library, said LaRue.

She said the sale not only helps to fund those events, but it also helps to promote them to people who may not know they are available.

"We have a lot of people who come in and out regularly, and we have some people who we don't see until it's time for the sale," said LaRue. "We have a lot of programs for our patrons, and we want everyone to feel welcome."

A couple of marquee events the library regularly hosts are their Story Hour events. Story Time with Willa takes place at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the library, and there is a "Cow Tales" Story Hour at 10 a.m. each Tuesday at the Chick-fil-A at Melody Farms, near the Walmart at the Huntington Mall.

The Fall Book Sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, through Thursday, Sept. 19.

For more information about the sale or events at the library, call 304-736-4621.

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