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Friends of the Library Booksale in Need of Volunteer Workers

The Friends of the Library Booksale will start sooner than you think.  In fact, in some ways it has started already.

“It takes a lot of people to get this annual show on the road,” said Metropolitan Library System Director of Development Diane Sarantakos “and I think most people realize that in February, when the actual Booksale takes place, we’ll need lot of volunteers to help out.  What they may not think about is the fact that the entire thing is about 99 percent volunteer, and we need help with every aspect of the project.”

The Booksale began in 1980 and since that time has developed into one of the largest events of its kind in the nation.  Hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, audiotapes and videos sell for $1.00 or less. Admission is free and book lovers have a great time.

“We currently have about 30 loyal, hardworking volunteers who work at the sort site all year to prepare books for the sale,” Sarantakos added, “but we need a thousand volunteers to move sale items to the Fairgrounds, to set up tables, to keep the coffee perking, to cashier, to cheer everyone, and even to clean up the mess when it’s all over.”

A major advantage to volunteering is that on Friday evening of Booksale weekend, volunteers who are also Friends of the Library are invited to a pre-sale party and given an opportunity to purchase items before they go on sale to the general public.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Friends of the Library annual Booksale can check out the volunteer sign-up form on the Friends’ website, www.mlsfriends.org or call (405) 606-3763 with questions.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.