Friends group hosts first book sale at Newcastle Library

May 2, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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By Christina Corrales-Toy Friends of the Newcastle Library President Julia Hunter arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host its first large book sale in May.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Friends of the Newcastle Library President Julia Hunter arranges materials on the shelf of the library’s ongoing book sale. The Friends group will host its first large book sale in May.

The reading habits of people across the world have changed dramatically in the past decade.

More people are staring at the screen of an ebook reader, rather than a page from a book as they read their favorite novel.

There is still nothing quite comparable to physically holding the spine of a hardback book in the palm of your hands, though, and the Friends of the Newcastle Library are banking on the fact that the experience is still a valued one as they prepare to hold their first large book sale.

“It is a tactile experience, and it’s a very simple one once you’ve mastered that basic skill of reading,” said Julia Hunter, president of the Friends group. “People still like books. They don’t crash, they don’t lose memory and the screen can’t crack.”

The Friends book sale will offer more than 5,000 items for purchase over a three-day period in May. The materials, which include books, DVDs and CDs, were compiled through a steady stream of gently used donations accumulated since last year.

“We will have contemporary novels, kids books, music, nonfiction. You name it, we’ve probably got it,” Hunter said.

The sale begins the evening of May 16 with a special preview for paid members of the Friends group. Anyone is invited to walk in, but only members will be allowed to purchase books that night. Memberships will be available at the door. The sale is open to everyone May 17 and 18.

The funds raised from the book sale will allow the Friends group to sponsor programming at the Newcastle Library. The King County Library System offers a base level of programming for all of its locations, but anything on top of that must get funded locally, Hunter said.

“One of the things that people probably don’t realize is that the reason that this library has had as much programming as it had since it opened in December is because the library system has supplemented more programs than would normally be their share, which won’t always be the case,” she said.

Items will be priced reasonably, Hunter said, with many books going for just $1. The Friends group would ideally like to raise about $6,000 to $8,000 to fund programs in the coming year. Programs could include everything from reading-readiness classes for kids to seminars on aging issues for seniors.

The Friends of the Newcastle Library gladly accept donations of gently used books throughout the year. Simply bring them to the library’s front desk. They also have an ongoing book sale where patrons can purchase materials for just $1 every day.

 

If you go

  • Friends of the Newcastle Library book sale
  • 5-8 p.m. May 16
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18
  • Newcastle Library
  • 12901 Newcastle Way

On the web

Learn more about the Friends of the Newcastle Library at www.facebook.com/friendsofnewcastlelibrary.

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