Take a chance, pick up a book and read

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Lindsey Padilla/El Defensor Chieftain Penny Lommen, president of the friends of the library, looks at one of the books that will be on sale at the October fundraiser for the library held in Finely gym on Oct. 12 and 13.

El Defensor Chieftain Reporter
lpadilla@dchieftain.com

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The friends of the library will have many books and other items for sale at their October fundraiser for the library. They have two big events each year, one takes place in October at Finley gym, and the other takes place in April at New Mexico Tech. Each fundraiser also includes a bake sale, said Penny Lommen, president of the Friends of the Library.
Over 5,000 books, from fiction, non-fiction, paperbacks, hardbacks, romance, science fiction, westerns, sports and cookbooks, will be available for people to buy. There will also be video tapes, cassettes, books on tape, dvds and records for sale. The money raised provides support for the library for items and activities that aren’t a part of the regular library budget, Lommen said.
“I hope to get some renovations for the book room to make it a nicer place for people to visit,” Lommen said.
The Friends of the Library started in 1976, and has had many book sales after that. Last year’s October book sale raised approximately $1,200, Lommen said. Hardbacks will be on sale for $1; paperbacks for 50 cents; and books on tape, VHS, CDs, cassette tapes and other items will be four for $1. There will also be specially priced items at the sale which will be a little more, she said.
At the end of day, there will be a put-everything-in-a-bag-for-two-dollars sale, she said.
Lommen, a former librarian, said the book room sale in Finley Gym gets a lot of book donations. Donations of books are accepted first at the library, and what the library doesn’t want, the book room takes, Lommen said. She then sorts out the books for all year-round sales.
“For the summer we get a ton of donations, and we have found fantastic things,” Lommen said.
Friday night, Oct. 12, will be the Friends of the Library preview from 5 to 7 p.m. Friends of the Library memberships are $10 and will be sold at the door, she said. Members will have a chance to look at the books first. For the public the doors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. open on Saturday, Oct. 13.
“Stop by and take a look. There is a book for everybody,” Lommen said. “You will find something,”