Friends of the Library Book Sale
Knobel painting to be auctioned
as part of new Thursday night kickoff
All money raised in auction,
book sale go to library funding
(September 2014) – “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge,” wrote George R.R. Martin. “I don’t believe in the magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book,” wrote J.K. Rowling.
There is no lack of quotes regarding the merits of literature. It is a sentiment that the seven members of Madison, Ind.’s Friends of the Library understand completely. In order to support the Jefferson County Public Library, the group holds two book sales per year. The proceeds of these events go 100 percent to the Madison and Hanover libraries.
Photo by Jenny Straub Youngblood
Madison, Ind., artist Lou Knoble poses with Friends of the Library secretary Mike Foley and his painting that will be auctioned at the Sept. 24 Book Sale kickoff event.
The sale is scheduled from Sept. 25-28 at the Madison Branch of the Jefferson County Public Library, 420 W. Main St. This year, the Friends of the Library decided to add some interest to an already interesting occasion. On Thursday, Sept. 25, a preview night with a silent auction will be held from 5-7 p.m.
Hours of the book sale are as follows: Thursday Preview Night and Silent Auction is 5-7 p.m.; Friday 2-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday noon - 5 p.m.
Items to be included in the silent auction will bring some much wanted attention to the fundraiser and consist of a painting by beloved local artist Lou Knoble, a box hand-crafted from tin by Pat Cunning-ham and a rare boxed set of Elvis Presley limited edition 45 records that was released by RCA in 1977 following the musician’s death. The first two items are one-of-a-kind and the third can be quite challenging to find to which any collector of Elvis memorabilia could attest.
Knoble said he was happy to donate the painting to the sale. He said it is a “very worthwhile cause.”
Mike Foley, secretary of the Friends of the Library, said the money raised is intended for items that are not included in the regular yearly budget. Such items could include the Dial-a-Story program, author receptions, resource materials and, of course, books. Foley said the book sale is not just for book lovers. It also includes items such as vinyl records, DVDs and art items. He adds that it is an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to give back to the community in a way that will benefit all citizens.
Member at large, Richard Cook, says, “You wouldn’t believe the types of material that is donated.” He recalls one year that someone donated a mint copy of the Chicago newspaper that ran the photo of John Dillinger’s autopsy. Finding this piece of unique memorabilia was gratifying to a lucky collector.
“He just couldn’t believe what he found at the book sale,” recalls Cook. He adds that every year brings new unusual items that will be added to the fundraiser. This year there seems to be a lot of books of local interest including some that have been signed by the late author and artist Harlan Hubbard.
The members of the Friends of the Library do not like to call a lot of attention to themselves as individuals. They volunteer for the joy of volunteering and helping an establishment that they believe is worthy to the community at large. However, when one decides to look at a list of the things the group has accomplished, it is nothing other than impressive.
When the library needed a grant match to create the Hanover branch, the Friends of the Library came through. Video security systems, a color copier, renovations and improvements to the children’s and genealogy areas have all been provided with money raised by the group. The items at the book sale are generally affordable but seem to have a combined value that is much larger.
Cook makes it very clear that these ventures would not be possible without the items that are donated to the sale throughout the year. “We have a very generous community,” he says.
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact book sale chairman Christian Cull at email@example.com. Other members of the group are Troy Morgan (president), Robin Cull (vice president), Sandy Thurman (treasurer) and Bob (past president).
The Friends of the Library formed in 1982 in order to provide support to the library through the bi-annual book sales as well bringing the attention of the public to the numerous ways that a public library benefits the local community.
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