By Jackie Nelson
Hesston Public Library is hosting a book sale now through Oct. 5 in the library Community Room.
Cari Cusick, with Hesston Public Library, said the sale will benefit the Summer Reading Program.
A wide variety of items will be for sale, DVDs, VHS tapes, vinyl records, even sewing patterns. And, of course, plenty of books.
Cusick said many of the items for sale are donations as well as books culled from the collection.
“The majority of the items in the sale are donated items. We receive a lot of donated items at the library. Some of those items end up in our collection, but not all of them do, so we sell the rest to help raise money for Summer Reading,” she said.
Older forms of technology that are not borrowed as frequently, if at all, are up for public sale in the coming days.
“Some of the items are ones that used to be in our collection but no longer are needed. The vinyl records come from our library collection. The records do not really circulate anymore, so we are discontinuing that collection and selling the ones we have,” said Cusick.
Changing interests have also impacted the Hesston Public Library’s collection.
“The same is true of the sewing patterns. We've had a collection of patterns for many years, but they are not being used. We will be offering the patterns free and hope they find a good home,” she said.
One of the challenges of coordinating the sale is finding time between scheduled Community Room activities.
“The biggest challenge is finding time to get everything sorted and priced, and finding a time when the community room is available for a length of time,” she said.
Cusick said this fall’s sale has an exceptionally large offering.
“We usually raise between $200-$400 at each sale, but this one is the largest we've had in a good while, so it would be great to raise $500 or more,” she said.
This year, Cusick said with cooler, wetter weather, along with fall planting season, gardeners will find a variety of resources at the sale.
“We did get a large number of gardening and landscaping books donated,” she said.
Those purchasing books can brows the shelves in the Community Room during Library hours, and purchases can be made at the circulation desk.