Community members gathered at Chapel Hill Public Library for the Friends Big Book Sale this weekend. The sale, which took place from Friday to Sunday, aimed to fundraise and advertise library memberships. $31,848 was raised in total from book and merchandise sales and new membership fees.
The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library had thousands of books for sale, including genres like nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thriller and classic literature, as well as puzzles for all ages.
The Friends is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. They organize three annual book sales, sort through book donations weekly and organize events to increase their membership. The Friends organization started in the 1950s to establish a public library in Chapel Hill.
Marjory Moe, one of the co-chairs of the Friends Book Sale Committee and an inventory manager for the Friends online book store, said there will be another sale at the beginning of December and another one in April of 2024.
"I am a retired school librarian, so this is in my blood," she said.
Moe worked as a school librarian at both Seawell Elementary Schooland Rashkis Elementary School. She retired from Rashkis in 2012.
The Friends put on a members-only sale on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., which raised just over $13,300 from book sales and new membership fees. About 375 people were in attendance at Friday's sale. Members, along with a guest, can also attend the Friends Sip & Shop Events, Moe said. She also said members can get book discounts on the Friends' online store.
On Saturday, paperbacks sold for $1, softcover books for $2 and hardcover books for $3. The Friends hosted a special deal on Sunday where readers could fill tote bags, grocery store bags and boxes for a total of $10 — no matter the number of books they collect, Moe said.
Maddie Kennell, a nursing student at Duke University, attended the book sale on Saturday.