Book sale to include art raffle

Staff Writer

Friends of the Bryan Public Library are having its annual book sale, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Bryan Public Library. Lee Gibson has generously donated a piece of original artwork to Friends. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the book sale and the painting will be on display.

"We cannot thank Lee Gibson enough for donated this gorgeous painting," said Lucille Armstrong, president of Friends. "Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The tickets will be available at the library and with any member of Friends."

Armstrong said the drawing will take place during Luncheon With Books, Nov. 9. She said it would make a wonderful addition to anyone's home or art collection.

"I think it would make a wonderful Christmas present, especially for someone who is a fan of Lee's work," Armstrong said. "All proceeds go to Friends of the Library to help with projects at the Bryan Public Library that are geared toward the community."

She said the book sale will be going on during the Prairie Arts Festival and will continue through the next week. The library will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday but will continue Tuesday through Friday during normal library hours.

"We will have all sorts of books available at the sale," Armstrong said. "Paperbacks and hardbacks will be $1 or $2 and children's books will be two for $1. This is the place to be for those who love to read."
She said the book sale originally took place during National Library Week and during the week of Labor Day.

"We decided to combine the two and have one large book sale, once a year," Armstrong said. "This is one of our fundraisers to make sure the Summer Reading Program continues and to help buy supplies for the library. It's a sad thing when budget cuts keep a small library from being able to buy new books. We at Friends want to do what we can to help the Bryan Public Library continue to be an asset to the community."

Armstrong said Friends has been sponsoring a book sale at the library for as long as it has been in its present location.

"I wish I could ask Esther Pippen how long we've been having the book sale," Armstrong said. "She would know right off the top of her head. But It has been going on at least since 1980 and probably before."

Armstrong said those who would like to volunteer to help are welcome. Friends will begin setting up in the Esther Pippin Meeting Room, at 9 a.m. Thursday. They hope to have all the books placed on tables by 5 p.m Friday.

"We can use volunteers to help with setting up," Armstrong said. "And those who want to watch the room during the sale during the week. You don't have to be a member of Friends to help. Just someone who has a little extra time to spend at the library to help."

Armstrong said the book sale is the perfect place to add to a home library, find a book that has been misplaced or borrowed and needs to be replaced or just to find a good book to read. Check it out Saturday at the BPL.