Letter: Seymour Library Friends say thanks after sale

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 05:29 PM

Editor,

A lot of effort went into the used book sale at Seymour Public Library May 30 and 31.

I would like to thank everyone who participated.

This was the first time a two-day sale has been attempted at the Seymour branch. The sale raised around $480, which will be shared equally among three Friends of the Sevier County Library System groups. The Friends groups from Seymour, Kodak and King Family Library in Sevierville all use book sale funds to support library purchases and programs, and book sales are a cooperative venture for the three groups.

Because there is no storage space at the Seymour library, the books had to be transported from King Family Library and unsold books returned there. Our thanks go to the King Family inventory team, who sorted the books into the numerous categories offered at the sale and boxed the books. Volunteers from all three libraries transported, unloaded and sorted the books before the sale began, and packed, loaded and returned them after the sale. Our patrons did not see that part of the work but we are grateful to everyone who helped.

Volunteers also staffed the sale and made friends in the community with their willing and pleasant attitude. We at Seymour know we have the most friendly and helpful library staff around, and we thank them for their unfailing support before, during and after the sale.

We appreciate the readers who patronized the sale. We used the opportunity to inform the public about Friends of the Library activities, made some new members and received some donations. Thanks also to the many donors who gave the books to their local library for resale.

Some customers shopped with us on both days, but most of our sales came on Friday, when the library was open. The conclusion could be drawn that we need to offer two-day sales on Thursdays and Fridays – but a better conclusion might be to open the library on Saturdays.

Space is at a premium at the Seymour Library, not just for book storage but for the book collection itself, for more computers, for studying, for a staff workroom and for public meetings. That’s why Seymour needs an expanded library. The funds received from the sale will be added to Friends of Seymour Library’s savings account dedicated to the library building fund.

Sincerely,

Nancy Rickenbach

President

Friends of Seymour Library

A lot of effort went into the used book sale at Seymour Public Library May 30 and 31.I would like to thank everyone who participated.

This was the first time a two-day sale has been attempted at the Seymour branch. The sale raised around $480, which will be shared equally among three Friends of the Sevier County Library System groups. The Friends groups from Seymour, Kodak and King Family Library in Sevierville all use book sale funds to support library purchases and programs, and book sales are a cooperative venture for the three groups.

Because there is no storage space at the Seymour library, the books had to be transported from King Family Library and unsold books returned there. Our thanks go to the King Family inventory team, who sorted the books into the numerous categories offered at the sale and boxed the books. Volunteers from all three libraries transported, unloaded and sorted the books before the sale began, and packed, loaded and returned them after the sale. Our patrons did not see that part of the work but we are grateful to everyone who helped.

Volunteers also staffed the sale and made friends in the community with their willing and pleasant attitude. We at Seymour know we have the most friendly and helpful library staff around, and we thank them for their unfailing support before, during and after the sale.

We appreciate the readers who patronized the sale. We used the opportunity to inform the public about Friends of the Library activities, made some new members and received some donations. Thanks also to the many donors who gave the books to their local library for resale.

Some customers shopped with us on both days, but most of our sales came on Friday, when the library was open. The conclusion could be drawn that we need to offer two-day sales on Thursdays and Fridays – but a better conclusion might be to open the library on Saturdays.

Space is at a premium at the Seymour Library, not just for book storage but for the book collection itself, for more computers, for studying, for a staff workroom and for public meetings. That’s why Seymour needs an expanded library. The funds received from the sale will be added to Friends of Seymour Library’s savings account dedicated to the library building fund.

Sincerely,

Nancy Rickenbach

President

Friends of Seymour Library