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Friends of the Library Book Sale Brings in Lots of Money for Area Library Branches

Sarah Sammis

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale netted just over $135,958 for library programs.

The sale, which ran April 26th through May 1st at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, brought in the second highest amount in the history of Friends sales.  The record was set last fall with more than $147,000.

Proceeds from the spring and fall book sales benefit the Springfield-Greene County Libraries in the form of capital improvements, equipment, Summer Reading Program performers, free concerts, author talks and free books for preschoolers, according to the library district.

Friends president, Jim Moore, said the new location, with more shopping space, worked in their favor despite the shorter sale. According to the district officials, "shoppers said they liked the wider aisles, more space to display all the books on tables instead of storing some in boxes on the floor, and the central checkout area."

The spring sale broke some records: the Friends Night Preview Sale topped the last record by $200, and Saturday, the traditional Half-Price Day, brought in $4,000 more than the previous sales record, according to Moore. 

The fall sale will be October 26th through 30th at the EPlex.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.