Letter: Library used-book sale supporters receive thanks

May. 21, 2013 @ 11:50 PM

Editor:

The used book sale held at the King Family Library in Sevierville during six days in April netted $3,756.04. These funds will be shared equally among the three Friends of Sevier County Libraries groups who organized the sale: King Family, Kodak and Seymour.

The funds will be used to benefit the three libraries to support book purchases, programs for adults and children and other needed items.

Our thanks go first and foremost to the many Friends of the Libraries volunteers from Sevierville, Seymour and Kodak who organized and ran the sale. Sorting through thousands of books, setting them up for the sale, helping during the six days of the sale, and then clearing up and storing unsold books is a huge task. It is estimated that volunteers spent 540 hours on the sale (and many more on the sorting of books which goes on year-round).

Library System Director Rhonda Tippett and King Family Library staff supported us in many ways. In particular, Assistant Director Robin Cogdill created posters and other materials to publicize the sale.

Special thanks go to Dusty Walker for her help in promoting the sale; Citizens National Bank, which posted notices on their signs and website; and to Sevier County School System central office staff, who alerted teachers to the sale.

We appreciate the publicity provided by The Mountain Press and other media outlets, all of which added to the sale’s success. Food City donated the Bag Day bags, and Sevier County Co-op donated the grab bags. The sale is truly an effort by the community for the community, and we appreciate the roles of everyone who took part in it.

Our thanks also go to donors who made the sale possible. Donations of gently used books are welcome at any time at the three libraries. The fall book sale will be Nov. 7-9.

By November, we hope our patrons will have enjoyed all the books, tapes, CDS and magazines they bought at this sale and that they will be ready for more!

Marti Agler

Mary Lou Fair

Book sale co-chairs