By Crystal Harrell
Campus Life Editor
The Friends of the COD Library (FOTL) held a September book fair on the 13th and 14th at the Cravens Student Services Center; all proceeds benefitted the College of the Desert library. The sale featured hardcover and paperback fiction books, and enabled COD students and the general public to fill up a bag for $5.
The FOTL organization has hosted 45-years-worth of book fairs since its establishment in 1970, and has garnered an increased following ever since—with an estimated $35,000 raised in total last year. FOTL holds three book sales a year in the fall, spring, and summer, but an “emergency” book fair was additionally held in September in an effort to lower the number of books in storage.
All books for sale at the fair are donated by the public and stored in a warehouse until the time of the book fair. The literature available was all fiction—ranging from mystery/thriller to romance and every trade book in-between.
There were a total of 12 volunteers donned in red vests to assist the book fair shoppers and provide recommendations. Some volunteers have been involved in FOTL for as long as 20 years, and new Friends are welcome to join by mailing in an application, available on the college website, to the Friends of the COD Library .
“[The book fair] is able to give students many opportunities to share literature with others and benefit from future learning,” explained Marge Dodge, president and coordinator of volunteers at FOTL.
Besides the annual book fairs, FOTL organizes many other events and activities on behalf of the COD library, such as scholarship awards, author luncheons, and charter tours that will help provide funds to purchase supplies and equipment for the library.
Upcoming dates include a meet-the-author event featuring award-winning novelist Maggie Shipstead on November 16, and the Fall Book Sale on November 14 -16. For more information about Friends of the COD Library or how to donate books, call the Friends at (760)776-7299.