Friends of the Kenai Community Library are busy collecting, sorting and categorizing books, DVD's, videos, puzzles and other items that will go up for sale this weekend at the State Office Building in Kenai. "Old timers know the building as the old Kenai Courthouse, it's the red brick building next door to the Library," says Kari Mohn, book sale chair for the Friends of the Library. "We have more books this year than we have ever had and for those who may not know the book sale is held every year and after the sale whatever remains is given away and we start fresh so this is an entirely new selection of books that have been donated by the community that will be up for sale and we are thrilled with what we have this year. We received a lot of paperbacks as well as hardbacks in like new condition and we also have wonderful jigsaw puzzles that have never been used and totally unopened which will also be at the sale," explained Mohn while she and other Friends of the Library were busily preparing for the sale last week at the Economic Development District building.
Mohn says donations for the sale will be accepted up until sale time at the State Office Building, "The library will be closed Monday - Wednesday the week of the sale but donations may be taken next door where the sale will be held and we'll have a table set up in the rotunda for donations," she said. The volunteer sorting crew last week included Aidan Lewis and his brother Isaac, Ean Atchley, and Vicki Johnston-Freese. The books have been sorted into interest category such as Alaska, Health, Cook Books, Religion, Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Hobbies to make it easy for the shopper to find something of interest. Proceeds from the book sale will go to "Complete the Dream" of the 10,000 square foot library expansion estimated to cost $5.3 millions dollars.
According to the Friends of KLC over 70% of those funds are in hand with the final $1.5 million still needed. Circulation figures for 2008 were up 12% at the Kenai Community Library from the previous year with over 100 new library cards being issued. 11-year-old Ean Atchley was happy to be helping sort books and is excited about the new addition to the library, Ean told the Dispatch, "I love going to the library and checking out books," and when asked if he'd rather curl up with his laptop in his room or a favorite book, he replied, "A book, I like having it in my hands and prefer reading a book!" The Book Sale gets under way Thursday with a pre-sale for Friends of KCL members and opens Friday at 10:00am-6:00pm for everyone and Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm. For more information about the Friends of the Kenai Community Library contact Mary Jo Joiner at the Library at 283-4378 or visit www.friendskenailibrary.org.
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