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Library book sale: ‘You name it, we’ve got it’


Carol Crow and Tony Parrish set out books Tuesday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Carol Crow and Tony Parrish set out books Tuesday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Gardening, reference, health, fiction, children’s and how-to books are a few genres of the books available at the annual Friends of the Library Chetco Community Library Book Sale, which starts Thursday and continues through Sunday. 

“We’ve got a little bit of everything,” Friends of the Library President Tony Parrish said. “You name it, we’ve got it.”


The sale will be held by the nonprofit from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the library, located at 405 Alder Street.

 (Note: The Azalea Festival insert in today’s paper and the chamber schedule incorrectly lists the sale as starting today.)

Children’s books will be sold for 25 cents. All other books except for specially marked books will be sold for $1. 

Proceeds will help fund Children’s Librarian Dori Blodgett’s programs, guest speakers and physical items that the library may need. 

Friends of the Library hopes to raise $8,000 at this sale, Parrish said. 

“If we do $10,000, we will be amazed,” he said. “Ten is kind of the ultimate goal.”

In past years, Friends of the Library has made $15,000 to $16,000 at its twice-a-year sales.

On average, 40,000 books are donated and sold between the two sales.

Retired professor Marilyn Hart is one of the 20 volunteers who has helped sort books the past two days to set up for the book sale.

She has volunteered at the book sale for the past five or six years. 

Hart likes to volunteer because “it’s nice to be able to give something back,” she said. 

Hedda Markham, Friends of the Library vice-president, is another.

She has helped out twice a year for the past six years as well.

“I love books, and it’s really a lot of fun to be in a room with 1,000 books and to be in a room with people who love books as much as I do,” she said.

The book sale has been held at various locations around town for about 20 years, Parrish said. It has been held at the library for the past 15 or 16 years, he said. 


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