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|Monthly book sale aids parish library system|
Marianne Jones never tires of seeing people's faces light up when they find a book they've been searching for at the Friends of the Ouachita Parish Library book sale.
Jones is president of Friends of the Ouachita Parish Library. She can be found at almost every book sale, which is held on the last Friday and Saturday of almost every month at the West Ouachita library branch located at 118 La. 546 off Cheniere Exit 108. The book sale is not held in November or December.
During every other month, though, Jones said the public can "count on a book sale." She encourages residents to check back often because the group updates its book supply at all times.
"People looking for things to do close to home should come and visit us because reading is a wonderful thing to do," Jones said. "We have boxes of books. So if you are a teacher looking to restock your school shelves, or just someone looking for a certain book, well 10-cent books are just wonderful."
Jones enjoys talking with new people during the book sales and discussing their passion for books. Almost every time someone tells her that they shouldn't be buying anymore books, but they cannot resist.
"It's so fun to hear people's comments about their book habit," she said. "I think it's really cute how people get around their spouses by bringing in more books into the house."
The next sale will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 27-28. There is no admission to attend.
Patrons can find an assortment of books including fiction, non-fiction, children's books, audio-visual, and coffee table books. Prices typically range from 10 cents to 50 cents. There are some newer books sold for up to $3.
Books are either donated from local residents, or they are part of the library's collection, which are no longer needed.
Money that's raised at each book sale is used to fund various library programs such as youth activities, summer reading and tutoring programs.
For those who cannot make one of the monthly book sales, Jones said people can visit the main branch off 18th Street where the Friends have a perpetual book sale. Books that are for sale by the organization can be found along a certain wall inside the branch.
"If you find a book you want, then you just put your money in the box and take the book home," she said.
Jones encourages anyone who loves books to join the Friends of the Ouachita Parish Library where they can meet new people who all share the same love of reading.
The group also is looking for more volunteers to help with the book sale. For more information, call 327-1490 ext. 3039 or email email@example.com.