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Thanks to Thousands

a crowd of people buying books at the 2014 MLA book sale

The Polar Vortex could not stop local citizens from their quest for a good book last weekend. Thousands braved sub-zero temperatures to make the Manhattan Library Association’s book sale the most successful ever. Children and adults alike left the library with smiles on their faces and arms full of books. the annual fundraiser generated $10,000 during the three-day sale. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the people who helped make the Manhattan Public Library’s Book Sale a tremendous success.

We especially appreciate our volunteers. Our book sale would not have been a success without the many volunteers and library staff who donated their time to sort the books, set up , work and clean up after the sale. We would also like to thank the Flint Hills Job Corps. Mr. Dreezen’s construction crafts class handled the Herculean task of moving more than 100,000 books with efficiency and aplomb.

The assistance of the local businesses that allowed us to use their signs for advertising, KMAN Radio and the Manhattan Mercury all contributed to making this year’s sale the best ever.

We also want to thank the members of Kansas State University Rotaract and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity for their great help during and after the sale. A special note of thanks goes to the library patrons who donate their books throughout the year. The book sale’s continued success is because of their generosity.

Thank you to the individuals who got the word out. Bethany Knipp, reporter for the Mercury, wrote an excellent feature on the book sale. Cathy Dawes, news director for Manhattan Broadcasting Company, had a special section on “In Focus.” Dani Schapaugh, the library’s public relations coordinator, and Carol Oukrop, MLA’s publicity chair, were instrumental in all facets of the sale. Simply put, you would have to have had your head in a snow drift if you didn’t hear about the sale.

We would like to invite everyone to the year-round book sale inside the library. Rosie’s Corner Book Store is stocked with gently read, nominally priced books. All proceeds from the annual book sale and Rosie’s Corner Book Store go directly to the library for its programming needs, a significant amount of which goes to the children’s expansion fund.

Gary Jeffery
Book Sale Co-Chair

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