Green Wave helps Friends prepare for book sale

Players from the West Point High School Green Wave Football Team, Saquarius Thomas, Rhett Ketchum, Marcus Jones, Jaquvis Young and John Farr, came to help Friends of the Library by taking the heavy boxes filled with books to the Esther Pippen Meeting Room Friday morning at the Bryan Public Library. The books will be unpacked and placed on tables for the upcoming Friends of the Library Book Sale.
Staff Writer

Friends of the Library received some extra help from a few of the West Point Green Wave football players, Friday morning. Saquarius Thomas, Rhett Ketchum, Marcus Jones, Jaquvis Young and John Farr brought boxes of books from the storage room to the Esther Pippen Room where the Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place.

The Library Book Sale will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, during the Prairie Arts Festival. The Library will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday and reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 - 10, the book sale will continue during regular library hours.

"We are so grateful to the West Point High School football players for coming to help us," Sandy Gentry with Friends of the Library. "We have a huge amount of books that have been donated for this sale and we appreciate these young men helping us."

Gentry said Friends will be selling "The History of West Point Football" book for $30, during the book sale.

"We love having the book sale begin during Prairie Arts," Gentry said. "There are so many people in town and we encourage them to come in and cool off. Most people are in a buying mood and tend to pick up a few books while they are here."

The main library will be closed to the public Saturday, Sept. 1, the only door that will be open is on the south side of the building opening into the Esther Pippen Meeting Room for the book sale.

"We will have all sorts of books available at the sale," Lucille Armstrong, president of Friends of the Library said. "Paperbacks and hardbacks will be $1 or $2 and children's books will be two for $1. This is the place to be for anyone who loves books and loves to read."
She said the book sales originally took place with one during National Library Week and again during the week of Labor Day.

"We decided to combine the two and have one large book sale, once a year," Armstrong said. "This is one of our fundraisers to make sure the Summer Reading Program continues and to help buy supplies for the library and new books. It's a sad thing when budget cuts keep a small library from being able to buy new books. We at Friends want to do what we can to help the Bryan Public Library continue to be an asset to the community."

Armstrong said Friends has been sponsoring a book sale at the library for as long as it has been in its present location. The book sale has been going on at least since 1980 and probably before.

Armstrong said anyone who would like to volunteer to help is welcome. Friends will begin setting up in the Esther Pippin Meeting Room, at 9 a.m. Wednesday. They hope to have all the books placed on tables by 5 p.m Friday.

"We can use volunteers to help with setting up," Armstrong said. "And those who want to watch the room during the sale during the week. You don't have to be a member of Friends to help. Just someone who has a little extra time to spend at the library to help."
Armstrong said the book sale is the perfect place to add to a home library, find a book that has been misplaced or borrowed and needs to be replaced or just to find a good book to read.