Letter to the Editor: Book Sale Features Milestones at This Year’s Event – Austin Daily Herald


The results are in ! Friends of the Austin Public Library hit several milestones with their March used book sale.

First, Friends raised over $9,000 in the three-day sale – a new record by far and above all previous sales. Second, they made their record sales at a new venue – the sale took place at the Ruby Rupner Auditorium at the Hormel Nature Center. Third, the sale was a “comeback” event after more than two years where the pandemic prevented this once biannual event from happening.

A tremendous amount of work is required to organize and prepare items for sale. Friends of the Library volunteers work tirelessly and spend hundreds of hours collecting, organizing and sorting donated books and materials in preparation for the sale – in addition to months of advance planning.

Their efforts were supported by the many generous members of the community who donated their lightly used books and by the throngs of avid readers who came out to purchase the books. The Friends also received a helping hand from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department – Randy Hofner and his team hauled carts of books, extra tables and other items to the nature center; and Luke Reese, director of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, and staff provided additional volunteer support.

Each year, the library receives financial support, as well as services and advocacy from the Friends of the Library. An independent, non-profit organization, the Friends group strives to raise funds and its volunteers devote hundreds of hours to support library programs and services to the Austin community.

Funding from Friends supports the library’s summer reading programs, helps purchase special equipment, and funds artists and programs throughout the year.

On behalf of the Austin Public Library, Director Julie Clinefelter and library staff wish to express their sincere gratitude to our wonderful and hardworking friends at the Austin Public Library.

Additionally, we would like to thank the Austin community for their continued support of book sales and the library itself. Book sales would not be possible without the books and materials generously donated by so many people. Many thanks to those who donated items for the sale and to those who attended.

We are fortunate to live in a place where people appreciate the public library and show their support in such tangible ways. The library’s goal is to connect people with resources that promote literacy, equity, and community in a safe and comfortable space. The Friends of the Library help us achieve this.

Julie Clinefelter

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Public library staff


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