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February events at your library

 

Here’s a link to our calendar of programs for February.  The Winter Adult Reading Months program continues—turn in those books reviews for your chance to win a Kindle Fire—and the WARM program this month is “Get Your Hands on Groundbreaking Technology,” February 16.  Come in and play with our e-readers and tablets, or brings yours in to get your questions answered.  We’ll do our best.  😉

Another program that starts this month is Talk Time.  Tell your friends who are learning English about this one, it’s a great opportunity to practice their skills and increase confidence.

And for the teens, a Valentine’s Nail Art workshop!   And of course our usual great schedule of reading-readiness education for babies in laps, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Thanks to our wonderful Friends of the Library (which you can join!), all of our programs are offered to anyone at no charge.

Also, please remember we’re closed February 18 in honor of President’s Day.

–Mary Beth

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Book bargains galore

Drop into the library on Saturday (between your kid’s soccer games and running errands) and check out the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale. You’ll find bargains galore! Most books are prices at $2.00 or less, with a few special items priced a bit higher.

All proceeds from the sale go to support library programming–so we can continue to offer great programs and events at no charge.

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Holiday shopping

 Join us this coming Saturday, December 3, for a one-day-only book sale.

We’ve been saving up gift-quality book donations, and this special sale is just in time for your holiday shopping.

The prices are right (most books will be just $1.00 or less), and your donation to the Friends of the Library helps support library programs and special collections.

Shop local @ your library. That’s a win-win opportunity!

~Janice

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Meet the Bookmeister, Don Cook

I don’t really know how much Don reads, but it’s certain his free time is all about books. Don is a member of the Friends of the Library, and he is a driving force behind our book sales.  Once Don commits to doing something, he brings considerable energy and experience to the job; he has become quite a used-book entrepreneur on our behalf.

 Keep in mind that the money the Friends raise funds every one of our programs, for children, teens, and adults.  It’s what makes us able to offer our events at no charge to participants (it’s because the Friends, with their labor, have already paid!).

 Don manages the steady flow of donations into our library, sorting and storing them for both Book Ends (the permanent sale in our lobby) and the bi-annual book sales (one of which is this weekend: Friday, September 16: 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, September 17: 10 a.m. until 3 p.m).  You’d think that would be plenty – it’s a demanding year-round job.  But no…

 Then he’s proceeded to build a county-wide network with used book stores and other library groups, even riding the ferry out to Orcas Island to pick up their sale leftovers (Orcas readers have really good taste) to include in ours.  He buys furniture for Book Ends and works on his display skills.  He knows what frequent patrons are looking for and brings treasures to their attention.  He brings heartfelt warmth and welcome to patrons as he works in the lobby.  He’s worked out a way to pass on the books that don’t sell here – for a profit!  And to all appearances, he relishes every minute.

 And oh, did I mention he’s our de facto handyman?  Something breaks: ask Don to fix it.  Need a stage?  Ask Don to build it.  Need helping moving something heavy:  “Oh, Don?”

 Such are the people with whom we are blessed.  Happy to provide service, anxious to do the best job possible.  Don, and all the others like him, are one reason this area is such a great place to live (and work).   “Thank you” seems awfully inadequate recompense.
                    –Mary Beth

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Attn: Bargain Hunters

If you like shopping for book bargains at the Friends of the Library’s ongoing book sale out in the library lobby, check out their fall book sale this coming weekend.

Friday, September 16: 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 17: 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Most items will be priced at $1 or less. So stock up for winter reading and support the Friends of the Library at the same time.

~Janice

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