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Book sale benefits library services
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Checking on a few last minute donations to this years Great Bend Public Library Used Book Sale are members of the Friends of the Library. From left: Dolores Appel, Debbie Rosenberg, Dorothy Morrow, Shelley Bates, Rose Kelly, and Dodo White. The sale runs from Saturday, Oct. 18 for Friends members early-bird sale and from Sunday through Wednesday, Oct. 19 through 22 for the public. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Book lovers, it’s Used Book Sale time at the Great Bend Public Library.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Great Bend Public Library, the sale will be open to the public for four days:  Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 20 from noon to 8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The sale will be in the basement meeting room of the library, located at 1409 Williams St.  The sale may be accessed by stairs or elevator.
In addition to a room full of fiction and non-fiction adult and children’s books, the sale will include a large number of large print books, and media in a variety of electronic formats. Paperbacks will sell for 50 cents and hardbacks will sell for $1. Some low vision items will be available for no cost.
Members of the Friends of the Public Library will have “early bird” access to the books on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Friends’ memberships of $10 per person or $20 per family can be purchased between now and then and also on the Saturday of the sale.  
  The purpose of Friends of the Library is to promote and enhance the services of the library. This past year, funds raised  have been donated toward: the purchase of flowers for the flower pots at the entrance doors; media carousels for dispensing DVD’s at the circulation desk; hard-cover books for the library’s “Baby and Me” program; new books for the children’s department; and an iPad and case for the children’s department.  Also funds and time have been given for special activities in the children’s department such as sponsoring Dan, Dan, The Magic Man during the summer reading program, treats for the Zoo Boo, and Santa Claus during the Christmas Holidays.  Both the Adult Programming and the Youth Programing services have been given funds for a variety of events.  Appreciation for the work and services of the Great Bend Public Library staff and the Central Kansas Systems Library employees was expressed with a luncheon and treats during National Library Week.  Prizes were provided for the library’s Relay for Life raffle donation basket.
In addition to the used book sale, the Friends group maintains a Book Store in the Library selling hardbacks for $3 and paperbacks for $1.  These Book Store books are sold for half-price during National Library Week.
All members of the community are invited and welcome to participate in this year’s book sale, either as members of Friends or as patrons of the library.