FREMONT – With spring officially underway, a longtime tradition for the Keene Memorial Library in Fremont is just around the corner.
The library’s annual book sale will take place April 6-9 at the Fremont City Auditorium with organizers hoping this year’s event continues to build on the success of previous years. Immediate Past President of the Friends of Keene Memorial Library Board of Directors Jeff Hoffman says interest remains steadfast in the event, with over $10,000 raised and between 20,000 to 30,000 books, CDs, and DVDs expected to be sold once again this year.
“We had a record year this year because we have gotten a few estates with a lot of books to donate and the library has been weeding some of their collections. We have probably more books this year than we’ve ever had.”
Hoffman notes the sale helps raise funds for the library to keep current on its collections, both in book and digital forms.
The library was recently given approval by the city council to start a $4-$5 million capital campaign for improvement projects, such as technology smart meeting rooms, expanded offerings to the collections, and more items for youth education among others. The sale is an event they look forward to every year and one the community enjoys and supports according to Hoffman.
“This book sale really helps us support some of those things that aren’t in the library’s budget, but we feel are so important to having a vibrant library and therefore a vibrant educated community.”
Hoffman adds that people can bring in items for the sale at any time to the library during business hours and that volunteers are still needed for the sale. Those wishing to volunteer can visit the library’s Facebook page where there’s a link to sign up to volunteer for any of the four days.
The first day of the sale on April 6 is for members of the Friends of Keene Memorial Library only from 5 until 7 p.m., with April 7’s sale hours running from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 9 from noon. until 5 p.m.