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Library Love With Dinner

On Valentine's Day 1998, the Friends of The Sacramento Public Library found a great way sending some "Library Love" out to the community. They put together 300 colorfully wrapped Valentine packages containing donated books, a Friends application and a "Books By Mail" application. Then they had a local "Meals On Wheels" group deliver the packages as part of its regular rounds. In addition to being a nice surprise for the recipients, the donated books were put to good use, the Friends reached members of the community with their membership message and the library got out the word about its "Books By Mail" program.

In 1998 the books were all donated Reader's Digest Condensed Books and future Valentine's Day deliveries may include discarded library large print books. Another refinement for future years will be to mark the applications so that when they are returned, the Friends will know that they came from a "Meals on Wheels" client.

A good book over dinner — what a great way to share Library Love with someone who needs it!

Bundles of Romance

I rescued several boxes of romances that usually go into the dumpster after our October sale and I stored them in my garage. In January, we spent $3 for ribbon, $1 for a tablecloth, and during one of our meetings tied together bundles of 7 paperbacks (We tried to put one of the *nicer* paperbacks on top, with 6 Harlequin-types underneath) while we conducted the meeting. We set up a table near the front entrance of the library starting January 23, charged $1 per bundle (payable at the circulation desk so we didn't even have to man the table!), and made more than $90 in two weeks! Not bad for our Friends group of 30 (about 8 active members) in a community of 12,000 in the dead of winter. Not bad, also, for $4 overhead and almost no work. And remember, these are books that would have gone into a landfill.

I'm going to propose doing a similar thing with the huge amount of R.L. Stine Goosebumps books we always have left over after our April book sale. We could sell bundles tied with orange ribbon for Halloween!

Carol Brendler Friends of the Mokena, IL Library

I Love A BARGAIN Book Sale

Check out the Mill Valley Valentine Ideas Article for detailed community awareness how-to's and plan a booksale for Feburary.

I Love A MYSTERY Book Sale

Gather up all your bargain mystery paperbacks and have a special sale for those local mystery book readers. Why not have a decorated sale table at the entrance called "Crime Meets Love" offering mysteries with a touch of romance. Check this booklist to get you "get sorted".

Sweetheart Raffle - Cupid Takes Aim!

Cupid's arrow is aimed and ready to fire at two lucky couples who will win a romantic evening out on the town.

For a chance to be a winning couple, "Cupid's Sweetheart Raffle" tickets are on sale now through Valentines Day for $1.00 each.

Winners will receive dinners and movie tickets for two. Proceeds will go for library impovements.

The dinners and movies were donated by Bernardo's Steak House and Lounge, Taylor's Steak House, Imperial Theater and Rivoli Theater.

The winning tickets will be drawn and announced at 8:30 p.m. during the Romance Book Sale at the library. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

(The above copy was used to promote our raffle in our newsletter. Felicia Cogley, Hastings Public Library VIA Jane Rutledge, FOLUSA's Newsletter Editor)

Paperback Book Exchange

I Love Books!" Paperback book exchange. Bring your gently used books from 11-11:45 am, exhange them for some different books starting at 12 noon.

(The exchange was one of several events held for the Northfield Public Library Centennial - Northfield, Minnesota)

Free Book Giveaway For School Librarians and Teachers

You are invited to take free books for your classroom or library on (Day), (Date) from (Timeframe) at the Friends of the Library Book Sale, (Name of Location)

These books are not library books. There is a wide variety of paperbacks and hardcover books in all subjects.

For more information call (Person's Name and Phone Number)

Please come as a representative from your school or library and bring indentication to the cashier table.

(The above copy was sent out to all schools in the city on behalf of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library - San Francisco, California. The giveaway was held on the last day of a three day sale.)


February 2000 (ARCHIVES)

  • San Mateo, San Mateo County CA: Celebrate Library Lovers' Month with a Romance Book Sale Feb. 1-28, 2000

    San Mateo Public Library, Third Floor, 55 West Third Ave., San Mateo, CA. 94402, Mon-Thur 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 1-5pm. The Friends of the San Mateo Public Library invite lovers of libraries, books and great bargins to the month long sale. Choose from hundreds of romance novels, all priced at 25 cents. Proceeds of the sale will be used to purchase new books for San Mateo libraries. Donations of gently used books are welcomed and can be dropped off at the Main Library during regular library hours.

February '99 (ARCHIVES)
  • San Diego, San Diego County CA: LIBRARY LOVERS' MONTH USED BOOK SALE Discarded Library Books for Adults and Children Priced at 50 Cents

    San Diego County Library invites lovers of libraries, books, and bargains to a Library Lovers' Month book sale on Thursday, February 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday February 19, 1999 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale takes place at the County Operations Center, 5555 Overland Avenue, Building 15, in Kearny Mesa, between Highways 163 and 15, just west of Ruffin Road and north of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. Choose from thousands of used library books for adults and children, most priced at 50 cents. Proceeds of the sale will be used to purchase books needed for the library's 31 community branches.

    Library Lovers' Month is a time established by the Friends of California Libraries to thank libraries for the powerful role they play in our society, helping people of all ages and walks of life connect quickly and efficiently with the information they need for school, work, and personal fulfillment.

    For information about all kinds of Library Lovers' Month events happening throughout San Diego County or the booksale, contact Ellen Zyroff: phone (619) 694-2484 or (619) 694-2438.

  • Upland, San Bernadino County CA: Sweetheart of a collection of COOKBOOKS go on sale February 13, 1999. In the Multipurpose Room off the East Patio of the Library. 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Our cookbook sale should get us all off to a good start for sharing great cooking with those you love. Valentine's Day is, as you all know just one of those days for doing so!

    We recieved boxes and boxes from a giant collection of cookbooks and related materials from the estate of Dr. Henry E. Childs. He was a founding father of the Friends of Upland Library in 19967.

    Because there were so many boxes, many of them unopened, it was decided to arrange them by price....so there will be $1.00 tables, $2.00 tables, etc., ad finitum maybe! At least this is the plan as we go to press. NO EARLY BIRDS ALLOWED!

    Contact: Friends of the Upland Public Library at (909) 931-4200. or Upland Public Library, 450 North Euclid, Upland, CA 91786-4731.

  • Pacifica, San Mateo County CA: The City of Pacifica Proclaims! Library Lovers' Month on February 7, 1999.

    Special Library Lovers' Exhibit will be on display at the library.

    Contact: Friends of the Pacifica Public Library President, Ernie Scott at (650) 359-9664. or at Friends of the Pacifica Public Library, 104 Hilton Way, Pacifica, CA 94044-2739.

  • Rocklin, Placer County CA: Library Lovers Used Book Sale to be held on Tuesday Feb. 16, 1999 from Noon till 6pm. Special highlights at the sale will be "Love a Mystery" and "Love and Romance" books. During the sale (5:00-5:30pm) Mayor Connie Cullivan will be reading aloud in the Children's Area. ALL of this happens at the Rocklin Branch Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Rocklin Branch Library.

    Other events planned this month include a Pajama Storytime on Feb 24th at 7pm.

    Want to make a donation to the Friend's "Library Sweetheart" Program to benefit the Rocklin Branch Library? Make your check payable to Friends of the Rocklin Branch Library then send to the address below.

    Contact: Friends of the Rocklin Branch Library, 5460 5th Street, Rocklin, CA 95677-2547. Call: 916-624-3133

  • Danville, Contra Costa County CA: Tell Us Why You Love Your Library: A Contest For Adults, Young Adults & Kids - Deadline February 7th - Friends of the Danville Public Library.

    Let us know how the Danville Library has been a help to you. What have you learned or done at the library that made a diifernce? Write a few sentences down on a piece of paper. Please include your name, address, phone number and your category. Turn it into the Danville Library Information Desk or Friend's Bookstore.

    AWARDS Presentation - February 13, 1999: Prizes to be awarded at a very special event honoring the winning categories.

    Contact: Friends of the Danville Public Library, 400 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526.

  • Orange County/LA County CA: Library Lovers Go To The Races - February 7, 1999 Friends of the Orange County Library Foundation has arranged for an afternoon at Santa Anita Racetrack in the Turf Club. Go back to the past, to the 30's and 40's while enjoying a day filled with prizes, who's who and surprises in this beautiful art deco setting.

    Call: Martha Lydick, Orange County Friends of the Library Foundation, P. O Box 1696, Laguna Beach, CA 92652, email: MLydick@aol.com

  • Huntington Beach, Orange County CA: Romance Writers To Grace Valentine Tea - February 12, 1999 at 2pm Friends of the Huntington Beach Public Library.

    Romance writers, Jeane Renick (also writing as Jean Dewitt), Kathleen Harrington and Diane Pershing will celebrate love and romance at our Valentine Tea. Prepaid reservations must be recieved by Feb, 9th in the amount of $12 person.

    Kathleen Harrington earned her BA and Masteres degrees at Cal State Fullerton, taught, raised sons and finally fulfilled her dream as the writer of Avon Books "Dream Seeker" Series. Her books include Fly With the Eagle, Dream Catcher, and most recently, Enchanted By You.

    Diane Pershing writes, "I can't remember a time when I didn't have my nose buried in a book...(or) want to act and sing." Currently she is happily stressed out by two careers — voice-over acting and writing romance novels. Recent books by Pershing include Up Close and Person, First Date: Honeymoon, Third Date's the Charm, While She Was Sleeping.

    For Jeane Renick writing is a third career, going from paralegal for an entertainment law firm to working in TV, where she rose to VP at CBS. In 1992 ahe wroteTrust Me, among the first novels selected to launch HarperMonogram imprint, and winner of first place in National Reader's Choice Aawrds and the Romance Writers of America Best First Book award. Other books by the author: Always, Promises, Loving Mollie, Wish LIst and The Stranger (written under the pseudonym Jean DeWitt).

    Contact: Friends of the Huntington Beach Public Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Call 714-842-4481 ext. 7.


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