Forsyth book sale benefits local library

Forsyth book sale benefits local library

jmink@macon.comMarch 9, 2014 

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At the suggestion of her father, Mia Smith peruses “How to Clean Practically Anything,” at the used book sale Sunday in Forsyth. “She loves reading,” Matt Smith said of his 10-year old daughter who, he said, has a messy room at home. Mia took a pass on the book, saying she preferred fiction.

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FORSYTH -- While strolling through the Forsythia Festival on Sunday, BJ Cooper spotted something that caught her attention.

“I’m an avid reader, and when I saw ‘Used Book Sale,’ I knew where I was going,” Cooper said.

In the middle of the packed festival, tucked inside a parish house, the Friends of the Library in Monroe County held its annual book sale. Several hundred books filled tables throughout the house on North Jackson Street, and the sale was still booming on its last day.

“People love books,” said Deborah Huggins, president of the Friends of the Library. “Even with the invention of the ... Kindle Fire, there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands.”

And, judging by this year’s sale, customers agree. Last year, the event raised $1,500 for the local library, and this year’s sale had already trumped that amount by Sunday, Huggins said.

The proceeds help fund the Monroe County Library, going toward items from computers to magazine subscriptions. It’s an important cause, especially as state funding continues to be cut, said Kay Bonner, a member of Monroe County’s Friends of the Library.

“We really need these sales,” she said. “The library is really, really important to the community.”

Betty Ann Haygood, a Monroe County resident, dropped by the book sale on Sunday. Haygood remembers when Bonner read books to her children at the local library, she said.

“I love books, and I read a lot,” Haygood said. “This is always a good deal.”

Books were selling for as little as 25 cents, and customers balanced bags and boxes of reading material that ranged from Bibles to romance novels.

“It gets books out in the community to a lot of families, who couldn’t afford them otherwise,” Huggins said.

And the sunny weather helped this year’s numbers.

A customer praised the good weather as he purchased six paperback books. Nearby, in the history and biography room, Cooper had found her favorite section. A resident of Fairhope, Ala., Cooper is a native of Monroe County and was visiting. When she discovered the used book sale, she had to drop in, she said.

“I think this is a wonderful idea,” she said.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 744-4331.

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