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As Heard on Morning Line: Book Sale at the Library this Weekend!

May 3, 2018

Our Guest on Morning Line today is Toni McPherson, currently in charge of the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale.

Toni McPherson is a long-time journalist who also ended up working for the Library for a dozen years, and is now part of Friends of the Library, a volunteer organization putting on a biannual Book Sale, with the latest dates May 4th, 5 & 6th.
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The Book Sale lasts three days - 

Friday May 4th from 6-8pm is a preview for Members of Friends of the Library, but you can also sign up as a member at the door,

Saturday features a Local Author's Fair with eighteen local authors available to sell and sign books, 

Sunday books that are left are half-price. 

The sale is held in "The Dungeons," the basement of the Library and shoppers can fill free bookbags, donated by AlaskaUSA, then check out at the front desk afterwards. 

McPherson says the book sale proceeds go toward many programs, "Friends of the Library is a non-profit - all they do is raise money for the library." 

She also notes that the fundraising is largely volunteer run.  She adds that it's particularly efficient, as there is only one half-time staff position connected to the project, which raised over $91,000 last year and has had a very strong start to this year's fundraising with the Beyond the Stacks Gala bringing in $61,000.  

McPherson says the Friends of the Library proceeds pay for the Concert on the Lawn series each Thursday during the summer and also built the stage, as well as provided for the puppets for children's programs and other Children's department. 

McPherson also notes that the book sale's offerings for children are priced affordably - $1 for hardbound and 50 cents for paperbacks.  "Children should read 1,000 books in preparation for Kindergarten, and of course that includes parents reading the book to the children and reading same book over and over again counts toward that total goal."  She says  Little Dog Lost is a family favorite, as she reads it to her grandson each night for bedtime.