The Friends of the Beaumont Public Library will be holding a book sale, Friday and Saturday. The sale is an annual fundraiser for the Beaumont Public Library.

“(The Friends of the Beaumont Public Library) is a support group of volunteers to raise money for the extra stuff that the library and its strained budget can’t afford,” Gary Brice, Friends of the Library treasurer, said.

There will be an estimated 50,000 books for sale.

“They’re typically donated to the library,” he said. “Some of us gather leftovers from estate sales and garage sales. About a quarter are old books that were formerly on the shelf at the library.”

The first day of the sale is exclusively for members of the Friends of the Beaumont Public Library, while the second day of the sale is open to the public. Memberships can be purchased at the book sale for $10. Brice said that the memberships do not impose any responsibilities on individuals.

“(There are) no responsibilities, just privileges,” he said. “You can come to meetings and contribute to the Friends’ calendar for the year. The main incentive is that you get the first look at the books.”

Brice said that students can find a variety of books at the sale.

“We had a lot of students come last year and they went away with a lot of books,” he said. “I don’t think they’ll be disappointed, no matter what they’re looking for. It’s like panning for gold miners – there’s lots of sand, but there are nuggets of gold in the sand.”

All of the books at the sale are 10 cents each. Hours for the book sale are 5-9 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Caitlin McAlister

UP Staff Writer

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