Bethlehem, NC – Book lovers of all ages: mark your calendar for the seventh annual Friends of the Library used book sale on March 23-25.  Sponsors are the Bethlehem Friends of the Library. Location is the Bethlehem Fire Department, 7373 NC Highway 127, in Bethlehem.

Donations are currently being sought for gently used books. Such items can be taken to the Bethlehem Branch Library, 45 Rink Dam Road or call the library office at 828-495-8753. Items that cannot be accepted are encyclopedias, magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, or books that are badly worn and water damaged.

Special hours on Thursday, March 23 are arranged for those who are members of the Bethlehem or Taylorsville Friends of the Library.  Those hours are 9-12 noon.  Individuals who purchase a Friends membership at the time of sale can take advantage of those special hours.  Book dealers can also come for a $25 donation to the Friends.

Regular book sale hours are Thursday, March 23, noon to 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 25, 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Hardcover books and trade paperbacks will be selling for $1.00 each.  Regular paperbacks and children’s books will sell for $.50 each.  Some special bargains will be available on Saturday.

Bethlehem Friends members encourage the public to use this sale as an opportunity to keep books out of the landfill by donating books for the sale and then purchasing low cost, current books.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to support literacy by enhancing services for children and adults at the Bethlehem Branch Library.

Special thanks to the Bethlehem Fire Department for use of their facilities.

Current Friends officers include Barb Beck, President; Rita Miller, Vice President; Perry Fry, Treasurer and Margo Mosley, Secretary.  Friends’ one year memberships can be purchased at the library prior to the sale or at the sale.  Membership is $10 for individuals, $15 for family and $8 for seniors.

Photo from recent “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion:

The Alexander County Library, Bethlehem Branch is currently hosting “Let’s Talk About It” (LTAI), the book discussion series sponsored by the Bethlehem Friends of the Library (FOL).  The session on January 24 was led by Dr. Rick Sipes, LTAI scholar from Iredell County. Participants discussed the book, Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman.   The series concludes on March 7. Those pictured, left to right:  Sandy Moore, past FOL president; Dr. Rick Sipes, LTAI scholar; and Ellen Self, LTAI participant.