Friends of the Manchester Public Library host Autumn Book Sale
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
The Friends of the Manchester Public Library held their annual Autumn Book Sale at Mary Cheney Public Library on Sept. 7, welcoming treasure-hunters looking for just the right book into the library’s stocked basement.
Library director Douglas McDonough helped patrons while overseeing the day’s event. “We owe a great deal to The Friends of the Manchester Public Library,” said McDonough. “They are a great bunch of people and they really help support the library in several ways. We are thankful for all they do for us.”
Mary Walsh is the president of Friends. “We help the library in many ways,” said Walsh. “We help defray the cost of museum passes, we just bought quite a few folding tables for the library, and we supply items for the summer reading programs - items such as tote bags, balloons, writing supplies and other items. We are also having a drawing for a Nook Reader coming up soon. We recognize the needs that the library has and we try to meet those needs. We have a book sale at Whiton Library that goes year-round. It is a much smaller scale than this one, but it is all year long.”
Marilyn Broneill of Manchester couldn’t wait for the book sale. “I broke my arm last fall and I was forced to take it easy, so I started reading all the books that I had stacked up over the years in hopes of having the time to read them,” said Broneill. “Now, I am hooked on reading. I have donated all the books that I read and now, I am looking to buy more books. I have a list of my favorite authors and I am on the look-out for any of their works. This book sale makes it possible for me to read as many books as I want.”
Carissa Moreno came from East Hartford for the book sale. She invited her friend, Melissa Rodriguez, from Middletown to join her. “We love reading and this is an awesome way to stock up for future reading,” said Moreno.
The book sale was a family affair for the Davis family. Sherry Davis took her children to gather children‘s books. “We read a lot,” said Davis. “We donate all the old books that we have read and then we go looking for new ones. We just bought a whole bunch this past spring. Now, we are getting ready for the rest of the year.”