• Marina Library Pop-Up Book Store Sept. 17-21

    In what promises to be one of the biggest book and media sale events ever in Marina, The Friends of the Marina Library have amassed more than 500 cases of books of every imaginable genre for sale for its upcoming annual fundraising book sale Sept. 17-21, 2014.

    Volunteers have been collecting, sorting and pricing books, VHS, DVDs and other media for its huge annual sale at the Marina Library. There will be limited sales Sept. 9-13 in the library lobby while even more donations are being accepted Sept. 6-13.  On Saturday, Sept. 20, children’s musician Marylee Sunseri will perform twice in the Michelle Lang Children’s Room.

    “This sale is like a pop-up book store for a week or so,” said Dana Cleary, President of The Friends of the Marina Library.  “People have been donating boxes and boxes of books each week, so we know we’ll have a huge variety for the public to peruse.”

    Proceeds from the annual book sale – The Friends of the Marina Library’s largest fundraiser of the year- go directly back into the Marina Library.  Funds are used to update the library’s collections, which also benefit the Monterey County Free Libraries’ system since materials are shared within the system.  Money raised also pays for community events such as the free monthly movie night, music events, children’s activities and overall efforts to improve and promote literacy in the community.

    “This event is a critical fundraiser that directly benefits the Marina Library, allowing us to deliver more ideas, more inspiration, more information and more enjoyment to the community, said Marina Library Branch Manager Sam Shields. “It’s not only a fundraiser; it’s a great community gathering because this is a community center,” adding that in the month of July the Marina Library had over 5,500 visits from patrons and more than 15,000 items checked out.

    In the last year, The Friends of the Marina Library have raised more than $20,000 through its membership program, sale of bricks, monthly book sales and more recently a savvy initiative to sell donations that are rare, collectible and in demand on the Amazon internet market place. This entrepreneurial experiment, headed by book sale committee chair, Joanne Bowman, has netted $3,000 in just seven months and is generating buzz about its success.

    “I have an extensive business background and wanted to see just what was possible to raise money for the library from the donations we received,” said Bowman, who hopes to share this ability to self-generate money with other libraries. “I have many more ideas that would benefit the Monterey County Free Libraries system in a bigger way and a dream of a bookstore in Marina with these low prices.”

    The book sale event kicks off with donations being accepted Sept. 6-13 during regular library hours and mini sale in the lobby of overstocked items during that time.  The sale’s grand opening is Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues Sept. 18, 19, and 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and winds down on its final day Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Check out and like The Friends of the Marina Library’s Facebook Page for updates and more information and visit their Amazon store at http://www.amazon.com/shops/A2JWJN5NKAZSYS

    For more information, please contact the Marina Library at (831) 883-7507 or visit http://www.friendsofthemarinalibrary.org/or 

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 20, 2014

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