Marcellus The Friends of Marcellus Free Library are preparing to celebrate “National Friends of Libraries Week” which will take place this year from Oct. 16-22. Friends of the Library assist with outreach, advocacy, volunteer support and fund-raising. The group will highlight these activities with a lobby display all week and feature daily Friend— related raffles and membership information. Bon-Ton Community Days booklets will be for sale for $5 with the entire amount going directly to the library.
The week will culminate with the annual Fall Book Sale which takes place Oct. 21, 22 and 23. Book lovers who desire early access to the sale can attend the “Early Bird session” 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evening by paying a $5 admission fee. Members of the Friends are admitted free on Friday evening. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. From 5 to 9 p.m. college students with ID and people who have attended the Marcellus senior class spaghetti dinner— which will be held at the high school that same evening— can buy one book, get one free. The sale runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission on Saturday or Sunday.
A bag sale will take place in the lobby of the library the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during library hours. Bargain seeking readers can fill a bag for $3. Donations will be accepted until Oct. 14.
Besides twice yearly book sale events, the Friends operate a year-round book shop, the Book Nook, at the library, where an ever-changing array of books can be purchased at prices ranging from 50 cents to $2. Program meetings, work events and other fundraisers are held throughout the year.
At a recent informational meeting during which she spoke to the Friends about the role of the Library Board of Trustees, board member Kate Walsh praised the Friends, saying “The Friends of MFL have been a great help with fundraisers, such as the Book Nook and Home Days baskets.”
“So many people really appreciate what a wonderful library we have here in Marcellus,” Friends president Paulette Quinn said. “Our group has grown considerably since the new library was built. The Friends are dedicated to serving the library, but we also have a good time. I would encourage anyone who may be interested to find out more about us during Friends of Libraries Week and, if they would like to help support the library, to join us.”
The next meeting of the Friends will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Community Room of the library.