Library book sale aims to soften budget cuts

The Next Chapter Book Shop, with a wide range of fiction, serves to raise funds for Charles Stone Library.

Donated books are cued for set up of the library’s annual book sale.

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Charles H. Stone Memorial Library will hold its annual book sale beginning Saturday. Held in the library’s basement community room, the sale will last a full week during regular library hours, until June 19.

“Traditionally, we have used the money from the book sale for extra programming,” said Head Librarian Anna Nichols. Due to budget cuts, this year’s sale will fund more critical needs.

“Our local municipality is hurting significantly, leading to reduced library funding,” Nichols explained. Without additional funds, the library will be forced to consider cutting regular services such as reducing operating hours and staff, according to Nichols.

Serving the Pilot Mountain community since 1957, the library provides educational resources such as books, newspapers and magazines at no charge. Library users also have access to computers, wifi, printing and fax services, as well as technology assistance from knowledgeable staff. Youth programs such as story time and summer reading have benefited area children for well over a decade.

Library volunteer Debbie Ervin is the book sale coordinator. According to Ervin, there are thousands of books, both fiction and nonfiction, that have been collected for the sale. “If you name it, it’s probably there,” she said.

Spiritual, mystery, fitness, gardening, history, astronomy and crafts are among the many book topics to be found. Popular authors included in the sale are James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, John Sandford and Jonathan Kellerman. In addition, xBox 360 games, albums and VCR tapes will be available.

The price list states: $4 for new release hard backs, $2 for other hardbacks, $1 for large paperbacks, $.50 for small paperbacks, and Harlequin style romances are 10 for $1.

In addition to the one-week book sale, the library’s bookstore, The Next Chapter Book Shop, was designed as an ongoing fundraiser for the library. Run entirely by volunteers, a sign is put out to indicate when the store is open. The Next Chapter focuses on works of fiction. Closed for the duration of the sale, patrons are encouraged to return after the sale to see the unique selection offered in the store.

“It is more critical than ever for the community to support the library,” said Nichols. While financial support is vital, the library also encourages aid through volunteering and donations of books and wish list items.

Located at 319 W. Main St. in Pilot Mountain, Charles Stone Memorial Library is open Mondays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday noon to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information about the book sale or donating to the library, call 336-368-2370.

Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.

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