Jones County Friends of the Library is having a book sale Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their new location. They hope to see readers come out and find a few books they will enjoy.
Sarah Hancock, president of the Jones County Friends of the Library, said their new location is at the Jones County Pre-K in building E. The Jones County Pre-K is located at 273 Railroad St. in Gray.
“The roof wouldn’t stop leaking at our previous location,” she said.
Hancock said they appreciated the previous space but the leaks were a problem due to issues with the ceiling tiles. She said they are glad School Superintendent Charles Lundy found them a new location.
“Mr. Lundy let us have this space at the pre-K. He said we deserved a better place,” she said.
The president said they didn’t have a lot of room in their old location, and the leaks damaged a number of books. They appreciate being able to move to a much better location.
“I’m excited for people to see our new place, and I’m excited for people to hopefully buy a lot of books. We have lots of new books. The more books they buy, the more money the Jones County Public Library gets,” Hancock said.
Hancock said she isn’t sure what the funds will be used for at the library, but she said they always need money for their summer program. She said the money will go to whatever they need. She said the library getting those funds enables them to do what they do for the community.
“In the six years we’ve been organized we’ve given the library around $17,000 dollars,” she said. “We’re happy to help out the library this way, since it helps many in Jones County access the internet at the library and get books they need.”
The president said the price of hardback books is $1.00, paperbacks are $.50 and children’s books are five for $1.00. She said they have lots of genres for people to choose from, such as science fiction, Christmas books, large print books, westerns, fiction, children’s books, inspirational, biographies, local interest and non-fiction books to name a few.
“All the books have been donated from people in the county. We really appreciate the donations, because we couldn’t do this otherwise. People seem to really enjoy looking at the books. We hope everyone finds something they enjoy reading,” she said.
She said they want to thank Superintendent Lundy for allowing them to use the building, and the coaches who allowed their first period football players and weight lifters to move the books and other things into the new building.
Hancock said her favorite thing about the book sale is helping the library, and meeting new people. She said there are people she’s never met at every sale.
“They get excited about the price of the books, and the condition they are in,” she said.
The president said if anyone is interested in joining the Jones County Friends of the Library, they can get an application from the Jones County Public Library. She said they really need new members who want to help .
“People should read for enjoyment and to learn,” Hancock said. “You can travel anywhere in a book. Reading can make you relax and help you escape to somewhere else. If children see you reading, most of the time they will want to read, too.”