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New Castle Public Library will join libraries nationwide this month in celebrating their groups of friends.

The week of October 16 is National Friends of Libraries Week, now in its 17th year.

The Friends of New Castle Public Library will be holding a special sale in the book cellar to mark the occasion. The store, located in the basement of the library, will offer a sale from October 17 to 22 with a free purchase on books at regular price. This sale is in addition to this month’s feature – MysteryPalooza – mysteries are buy one, get one free all month.

Since its founding in 1993, the local group Friends has donated over $250,000 to the New Castle Public Library. The money is used to purchase books and provide financial support for summer reading programs and staff training. It was also used to purchase bookcases, tables, chairs, workstations and e-readers as well as big ticket items such as a phone system upgrade and the purchase of sprinklers, security systems and automatic doors.

The Book Cellar, which is the Friends’ main source of funding, offers more than 15,000 used books for sale, most for $1 or less. Additionally, visitors can find magazines, movies, and music as well as costume jewelry, puzzles, and gifts, all at great prices.

The Book Cellar is open six days a week – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

All money generated by or donated to Friends goes to the library in one way or another. The group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations are tax deductible.

Friends are always looking for new members. Annual dues are just $10, and a Friends membership offers the chance to pick up a free book from the store once a month.

Membership forms are available at the library reception, in the book cellar and on the library’s website at www.ncdlc.org.

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