Beyond Books

Buy affordable books and more at your library

2014-04-21T00:00:00Z Buy affordable books and more at your libraryBy Jennifer Burnison Lake County Public Library
April 21, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Don't want to pay late fees for overdue books and movies? Then just buy them at your library.

Did you know that the Merrillville branch of the Lake County Public Library has a Book Sale Room that sells gently used books, movies, CD's, and magazines?

Run by volunteers, the Book Sale Room is open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays on the main floor past the vending area.

At all other times during the library's open hours, there is a Sales Rack available. So there's always a chance to find great material every day. Prices are $1 for adult hardbacks, 75 cents for adult oversize paperbacks, 25 centers for adult paperbacks, 50 cents for juvenile hardbacks, 25 cents for juvenile paperbacks, $1 for CD's and DVD's, and 25 cents for magazines.

Where does the library get these materials to sell? They are materials removed from the library's collection and donations from the community. In fact, if you have extra books, music, movies, and magazines laying around the house, you can always donate them to the library. We would be glad to accept them. Donations can be dropped off at any of our 10 locations.

What happens to proceeds from the Book Sale Room? The money goes to an organization called the Friends of the Lake County Public Library. The Friends help sponsor programming that the library wouldn't normally be able to afford, such as music programs, special speakers, the annual “Cool Kids Have a Library Card” campaign and the popular adult, teen and children's Summer Reading Programs.

Each year the Summer Reading Program encourages patrons to read books for prizes and, of course, each branch is packed with programs that follow a theme. The 2013 summer theme was “Dig into Reading” and the library hosted more than 350 children's programs filled with visits from Ronald McDonald, Clifford, Silly Safari, the Environmobile and Indiana Lakeshore National Park. Prizes for the Adult Summer Reading Program were a Sony eReader and a classic reading lamp.

The Friends are always looking for volunteers to help run the book sale room, too. In fact, did you know that once you have volunteered 100 hours at the library, you can earn a Gold Card? This means you can have a library card that does not accrue any overdue fines. How cool is that?!

If you are interested in volunteering, call the library at (219) 769-3541 and ask to speak to the Public Relations Department.

We hope to see you soon!

This month's Lake County Public Library column was written by Jennifer Burnison, marketing manager at the Merrillville branch, 1919 W. U.S. 30. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

Copyright 2014 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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