Letter: Book sale raised nearly $3,000 for library improvements

Nov. 26, 2013 @ 11:02 PM


The three-day used book sale Nov. 7 through 9 at the King Family Library in Sevierville was an experiment that ended well. Nearly $3,000 was raised in three days. Those funds will be spent to improve the three libraries in the Sevier County Library System.

In the past, the Friends of the Library groups at King Family, Kodak and Seymour libraries have united to hold successful used book sales that lasted a week or so. Compressing the sale into three days could have led to fewer sales, but on the contrary, sales on Saturday, Nov. 9 set a record of more than $1,100 in one day. The total amount raised was $2,937.

Many patrons complimented volunteers on the helpful classification of books and the overall good organization of the sale. This could only have been accomplished with the hard work and cooperation of many people. Volunteers put in a staggering 422 hours of work. Our thanks go to everyone who helped prepare for the sale, worked during the three days, and assisted with the take-down.

Our special thanks go to retired vintage book dealer Werner Garmond, who lent his expertise to a new feature, a vintage book sale in the library lobby. Vintage books raised a total of $509. Also, we are grateful to Wilda Parker, who acted as cashier throughout the sale. The staff of King Family Library, as always, was quick to solve any difficulty that arose and supported the sale in many ways.

A new idea this year was to provide refreshments for the workers. The delicious baked goods, again provided by volunteers, were so well received that we will undoubtedly make this a tradition.

The funds raised will be split evenly among Seymour, Kodak and King Family Friends of the Library groups to support the three libraries. Friends groups buy books, support library programs such as the highly popular Summer Reading Program, and supply other library needs as they arise.

As new co-chairs of the used book committee, we have gained a better appreciation of the cooperation needed to put on a used book sale. An enormous amount of effort goes into planning and producing each sale. We are fortunate to have great community support that benefits our libraries.


Nancy Rickenbach

Lucy Henighan

Book sale co-chairs

Friends of Sevier County Library