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Get bit by the reading bug at the Marcellus Friend's book sale

Friends will gather Saturday and Sunday for a fundraising event to help none other than ... friends. Well, Friends of the Marcellus Free Library, that is.

What is becoming an annual fundraiser, the Friends will host a book sale at the library, 32 Maple St., Marcellus, this coming weekend to help support the library's programming.

"They do provide additional funding for the extras that make it a little more enjoyable," said Paulette Quinn, vice president of the Friends. "They support the summer children's reading program and really they've provided whatever has been asked of them."

According to Quinn, the Friends receive a wish list of sorts with items they may need help with. Once year, coat racks were on the list.

"They step up whenever there's a need," she said.

President Marie Nolan said the spring book sale usually banks between $1,000 and $1,500. She believes this year's October sale will bring in less than that, but is hopeful the community will turn out.

Nolan said that for as many years as the annual Old Home Days festivities have been around, so has a spring book sale. It wasn't until about five years ago that the Friends supplemented the spring sale with another event in October.

With the funds raised by the book sales, Nolan said the Friends most recently purchased a laptop computer for the library's use. Purchases also include a computer for the children's section, and DVDs and CDs that can be borrowed from the library by patrons.

"Some of the things that aren't in the library budget, the library will come to us," Nolan said.

Nolan and Quinn said there are a wide variety of texts to choose from this weekend -- cookbooks, political and historical books, children's texts, novels and more.

"Our library patrons have donated hundreds of interesting looking books ... from my experience sorting through the books that have come in," Quinn said, listing off just a few of the genres available to customers.

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