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Friends of the Banks Public Library to hold annual book sale in May

The Friend of the Banks Public Library is holding its annual book sale from Thursday, May 19 through Monday, May 23 in the library’s Jane Moore Community Room.
The sale will feature items donated by the community, as well as those that have been removed from the library’s collection.


“If folks have items to donate, the Friends ask that they call and talk to library staff about the type and quantity of items they have, and schedule a delivery time before bringing items to the library,” Banks Public Library Director Denise Holmes said.


Hours will be 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on May 19, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 21, and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on May 23. The library will be closed on Monday, May 22.
The nonprofit Friends of the Banks Public Library started in the 1970s when current board member Marylu Savara and several other founding members were instrumental in getting a bookmobile to visit the library.


The “Friends” act as a funding source for the library and provides about $4,000 to purchase new books and other materials. Funding comes from outside donations and member donations. Friends memberships exist on four levels, similar to how Oregon Public Broadcasting approaches fundraising – $25 for individuals, $50 for patrons, $100 for benefactors, and $250 for a sustaining membership. Applications are available at the Banks Public Library.


The Friends also support programs for kids, including book giveaways, Camp Big Read, and other summer reading activities.


This year, the Friends of the Banks Public Library is funding the refurbishing of the library’s children’s area, replacing shelving that includes color panels, as well as incorporated seating at an estimated cost of $20,000 to $30,000.


The organization also plans to hold an online auction at the end of June and currently is seeking donations.


The Friends hold a monthly board meeting at 10:00 a.m. on the third Friday every month.
Follow the Friends of the Banks Public Library on Facebook at facebook.com/FriendsBPL. For more information on the Banks Public Library, visit https://www.cityofbanks.org/library.

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