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Organizers hope books will fly off shelves at annual sale

By: Eileen Wilson, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Imagine a store where book lovers of all ages gather to browse the hottest fiction. They pick up books on gardening, cooking, knitting or crochet. Maybe something from the travel section, or a popular biography or two.

Now imagine them paying with a $5 bill, and maybe even getting back some change.

Granite Bay Library regulars know that the annual Friends of the Granite Bay Library Book Sale is one of the hottest tickets in town — the perfect place to stock up on summer beach reads (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” perhaps), or young-adult literature series, such as “The Hunger Games.”

Romance, suspense thrillers, self help, books on CDs, and a healthy supply of reference like SAT prep and AP exam guides will be on sale at the event, which takes place on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28.

“All paperback books are $1 and all hardback books are $2, and some of the children’s books are just 25 cents,” said Rhonda Tory, secretary of the Friends of the Granite Bay Library board.

Granite Bay is a community of readers. As luck would have it, the community has a great library with outstanding programs, but those programs don’t happen without some help.

“The book sale, which we started almost a decade ago, funds the kids’ summer reading program,” Tory said.

On a recent craft day, one of many summer events at the library, kids made colorful facemasks, pinwheels and photo frames dressed in plenty of bling. From kids who are just old enough to handle safety scissors, to teens, patrons enjoyed the hour-long event. Special events like the Star Wars Party on July 11 and Four-legged Fur outdoor storytime are sure to bring crowds, as well.

With precarious state and county funding, libraries need more help than ever to serve their patrons.

“We’re all about funding the programs that the county can no longer fund,” Tory said. “Little by little, our library has lost funding to buy materials.”

The “Friends” group recently purchased new patron computers, as well as a self-check-out station that will be installed in the future, freeing up library staff to answer questions and help patrons find materials.

“Though the Friends of the Library hasn’t been active in fundraising in several years, we are hoping to reinvigorate our members and hold fundraisers again,” Tory said.

Tory, along with other “friends” board members, want to see the library become a central focus of the community.

“We don’t have a town square here in Granite Bay,” Tory said. “The library should be the hub of the community, offering arts and cultural events, as well.”

The friends group is seeking donations of gently-used books for the sale, which can be dropped off at Raley’s at Douglas and Auburn Folsom Boulevard, or at Granite Bay Library beginning on July 24.

Book lovers can’t wait to get their hands on outstanding new reading material.

“I love books and every year I look forward to the Granite Bay Library Book Sale,” said library patron Marylou Cameron. “The prices are great and I always find several hardback and paperback books to enjoy.”

Cameron, who worked in the book industry for almost a decade, said she has found outstanding tabletop art books and history books at the annual event, and she also appreciates the opportunity to donate her own volumes to support the library.

Friends of the Granite Bay Library will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 to discuss future events.

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Books for sale
What:  Friends of Granite Bay Library Annual Book Sale
When:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28
Where:  Granite Bay Library, 6475 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay