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10/16/2013 10:08:00 AM
Be a Friend to help libraries grow and patrons find bliss
Fall break activities at the Prescott Valley Library included making skeletons with cotton swabs. Thanks to the Friends of PV Library, Alyssa Corona Vasquez, 10, left, Alexa Medina, 9, and Ariel Medina, 6, participated in this craft on Oct. 9.
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Fall break activities at the Prescott Valley Library included making skeletons with cotton swabs. Thanks to the Friends of PV Library, Alyssa Corona Vasquez, 10, left, Alexa Medina, 9, and Ariel Medina, 6, participated in this craft on Oct. 9.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Sue Tone

National Friends of the Library Week takes place Oct. 21-26, and most local libraries are planning events and book sales. The goal of Friends groups at every library is to raise money to help pay for children's programs, author visits, books, supplies, and special events.

The Prescott Valley Friends will host its annual Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. If the weather is nice, the carts and tables will be set out on the patio area by the front entrance. Otherwise, the sale takes place upstairs in the Crystal Room.

Proceeds help pay for children and teen programs, and book acquisitions that the library wouldn't normally purchase. The Friends also operate a used book sale and gift store inside the library. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. They are closed Saturday-Monday. Membership is $5 per year, $10/family, or $100/lifetime.

Dewey-Humboldt Town Library

Dewey-Humboldt Friends has a treat in store at its annual Used Book Sale that takes place on Thursday, Oct. 31, and again on Nov. 7 from 12:30-7:30 p.m. Members will hand out treats on Halloween. The sale continues on two more Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 1-2 and Nov. 8-9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The D-H Friends have so many books, they've temporarily asked for a moratorium on donations. They put out new books on the tables daily. This is the only sale of the year, as they also conduct regular Thursday mini-sales.

Proceeds finance the summer reading program, arts and crafts supplies, treats, newspaper subscriptions, electronic readers, video games, current DVDs, Family Movie Saturdays, and author visits. Membership is $5 for individuals, $10 for family per year.

Yavapai College, Prescott campus

At Yavapai College, the Friends are celebrating the week by hosting a "huge, huge book sale" on Monday and Tuesday in the coffee bar lobby of the library/computer building, said Patsy Ray, president of the Friends of Yavapai College Library, Prescott campus.

"I call it 'preparation for winter reading,' as the weather welcomes us to curl up and do a little reading," Ray said.

Books are priced half off and the sale is open to students and the public. The sale continues inside the library Wednesday through Friday.

Proceeds help support special programs such as a Welcome Back Students event in September, refreshments at the Southwest Literary nights, purchase of special books that are not part of the curriculum that the library would purchase, and special displays throughout the year. During finals week, the library staff have a refreshment cart "just for fun" with little treats, cookies, chewing gum, and lifesavers.

"It makes for a nicer way to study," Ray said.

Membership is $5 for students and seniors age 50+, $10/individuals, $15/family, $100/sponsor, and $150/business.

Prescott Public Library

A dedicated space inside the Prescott Public Library provides patrons with shelves of books, magazines, CDs and DVS for sale at prices that include a back wall of hardbacks for 25c and a shelf of 10c books.

Income from book sales and membership dues helps pay for children's programs and special events, monthly chamber music concerts, author talks and book signings, special collections, new furniture and shelving, publication of the quarterly newsletter, the Library Lion and Lizard sculptures, a passive water catchment system, and the Beyond Words mural.

Friends member Teresa Vonk said the Friends have no plans this year for celebrating the week, but maybe will next year.

Membership is $10 for individuals, $25 for families.

Chino Valley Public Library

The Chino Valley Public Library is undergoing an expansion project, and Friends president Linda Berg said they haven't been able to organize much in the way of celebrating National Friends week.

However, in the used book sale area, Berg has set up a section of science fiction and spooky books on sale for 25-50 cents during the rest of October. An inventory clearance sale is also helping clear out the storage area that will be repurposed during the expansion project. Used books here are on sale with hardbacks 3/$1 and paperbacks 5/$1.

Membership dues are $5/year for individuals, $10 for family. Anyone is welcome to volunteer with the Friends whether they are members or not.

Proceeds from book sales and dues help sponsor the summer program picnic for children, purchase new books and materials for children's library, and equipment and supplies for whole library. This includes anything the library needs but the budget doesn't cover, Berg said.

"We bought new chairs for the computers and children's chairs," she said.

The Friends also participate in Chino Valley events such as the annual Town SpringFest and Chamber Hometown Christmas.

Mayer Public Library

At this time, Mayer Public Library has no Friends group, but does have a board of directors for the library. Anyone interested in starting up a Friends of the Mayer Public Library can call the library at 928-632-7370. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

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