Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library to hold Members Only Pre-sale book sale May 17

Date(s) - 05/17/2014
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Columbus, Miss. – April 28, 2014 – Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library (FOL) will hold a Members Only pre-sale book sale on Saturday, May 17, in advance of its June book sale on June 12 and 14. The pre-sale is a member appreciation event, as well as an effort to encourage new memberships and renewals.

“In March 2013, we relocated the book sales from Leigh Mall to upstairs at the library and increased their frequency. Last year was a great success, and we are moving with great momentum towards meeting our 2014 fundraising goal. The donated books are organized by genre — best-selling fiction and non-fiction, biographies and memoirs, history and sports literature, self-help, science fiction, young adult, cookbooks and children’s books — with several of the more popular ones alphabetized by author to make the browsing experience easier. We are offering this ‘members only’ event as a thank you for the generous support and positive response that we’ve received for the book sales,” said Friends book sale chair Sandy Imes.

For a fee, participants in the pre-sale may fill a large brown paper bag supplied by the FOL with selections from hundreds of gently-used paperbacks, hardbacks and audio books in nearly every genre of literature. For members with an “active” status, the cost is $5. For non-members, the cost to participate is $5, plus the annual $12 single membership fee.

“Since January, we’ve seen a rise in membership renewal and an increase in new memberships thanks to the efforts of our membership committee and our active volunteers. FOL boasts a current membership of 357 with a year-end goal of 400, which we believe to be realistic and attainable,” said FOL membership chair Christian Heinkel.

In the last year, monies raised through the FOL books sales have funded continued education opportunities for library staff members and provided refreshments and supplies for library events, including a reception celebrating the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the main branch library building, the annual Official’s Luncheon and free programs such as two recently-held African-American-themed quilt lectures.

Donors are encouraged to drop off gently used books throughout the year to the library’s front desk during business hours — Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Books sales are held upstairs at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, located at 314 Seventh Street North in Columbus, on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 12 and 14, July 10 and 12, Sept. 11 and 13, Oct. 9 and 11, Nov. 13 and 15.

Learn more at or visit Friends of the Columbus Lowndes Public Library on Facebook. For additional information or interviews, contact book sale chair Sandy Imes at (618) 444-2591 or or Friends president, Jo Shumake, at 662) 328-1927 or