A Thank You card from the Library Staff.... to the hard working volunteers!
Tuesday, November 11th. Make sure to support our Armed Services. Attend a local Veteran's Day Parade in your community.
Blount County Library is not just a library. Many feel it is the Community Center of the County. Where else can you read a good book, catch up on the daily news, research anything from Grandma’s recipes to learning who you’re relatives are from the 1700’s or check out a five-star movie? One could say, it is thee place to see and be seen, hiding delights in plain sight. Friends of the Library Volunteers spend several hours of their week also hiding in plain sight.
Not only do these tireless volunteers shelve books, repair damaged tomes, research authors, help in an administrative capacities, organize programs for the community, most also volunteer for the dozens of community programs throughout Blount County. Friends of the Library’s quarterly Book Sale is another one of the delights of the library, although only in plain sight to most, twelve days a year. This sale raises thousands of dollars for the sole use of the Library by selling donated and discarded books. A few of the volunteers in the basement do nothing but research books on the computer to price and sell on E-Bay.
Another dozen or so volunteers work several hours each week in the basement sorting, pricing, shelving and repairing donated books for the quarterly sales. All the people who work in the Sale area seem to have a very good time in the process. You can hear boisterous laughing, friendly banter, and a feeling of camaraderie every Tuesday and Thursday morning.
Even though the Tuesday before each Sale is the hardest, it is the most fun because everyone appears on that day to organize displays, polish shelves, sweep, dust and make this crown jewel of the Friends shine. The reward for a morning worth of elbow grease is a Pizza lunch and time to relax knowing the area is ready for Business.
A private sale for Friends of the Library on the Thursday following, business booms! Customers come in droves, lined up at the Sale’s registration desk sometimes an hour before the Sale opens to join the Friends or just check in for the bargains.
As a volunteer working the Sale, it is a sight to see when potential buyers race down the steps or explode from the elevator for the best of the best selections of books that first day.
President: Diane Martin
Vice President: Denise Robertson
Secretary: Sandy Goodson
Treasurer: Garry Ernsberger
Newsletter Editor: Jane Bennett
Newsletter Designers: Claudia Erwin, Lynn McKean
Members at Large: Judy Ackley, Larry Ackley, Jane Bennett, Ginnae Harley, Patrick Hudson, Larry Moore, Jerry Wagner, Ted Taylor
Associate Editor: Bonnie Holmes
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Our mailing address is:
Blount County Friends of the Library
508 N. Cusick St
Maryville, TN 37804