By Russell Shelden
Friends of the College of the Desert Library (FOTL) held a successful fall season book sale in the Cravens Student Services Center Nov. 14-16. The event was put together by the FOTL in order to raise money for the COD library. They sold books that were donated by the community with the help of volunteers. The money that was raised will be used to buy new books along with anything else required to keep the library functioning.
Volunteer president of the FOTL, Marge Dodge said, “The turnout was very good with Friday being our busiest day, and a lot of street fair people showing up on Saturday and Sunday.”
“Overwhelming with so many books to choose from, especially from the classics,” Customer Leo Padilla described the turnout. “Even the customers prompted friends to join in.” “There was a good steady turnout especially with the good weather,” said Chairman Laura Lee Marcarian. She added that “A gentleman came here and picked out nine boxes of books that will be sent to the University of Armenia.”
Many books were sold from the inventory of more than 10,000 books across multiple genres. Volunteer Sharyn Mckee estimated that they made about $6000 dollars through this book sale. On what happens with the leftover books she elaborated that they “donated six boxes to the Communications Department for students to borrow at their convenience.”
With a successful turnout from customers and sales, the FOTL will continue to have future book sales. “We’ll have three sales a year for the fall, spring, and summer,” said Dodge. “What we would like to see is more students volunteers.”“The people that showed up were interested in books,” said Mckee, “we’d be more than happy to have more students to volunteer in March.” Padilla stated that he “hopes this will continue with this being the only book sale for the valley, especially since they have books you won’t find anywhere else.” The books that were sold “increases reading with the books being inexpensive,” said Dodge. “Giving the people easy access to books.” “It will add culture for people to educate them with different views and ideas,” said Padilla, “which will encourage more people to read with their low prices which are better than Barnes and Noble.”
“Since a lot of children showed up to buy books it will encourage them to be lifelong readers,” said Mckee. “Something that makes me really happy is when people come in with their list of books they’re looking for and when they find it here they are also very happy; I find that very fulfilling.” Printed books are not finished yet, with so many passionate people both buying and volunteering their time. Given this, the book sale will continue on for many more seasons at COD.