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By Karen Bassler
Staff Writer 

Martinsburg Friends of the Library Prepare for Annual Book Sale

 

February 13, 2020

Karen Bassler

Peggy Steinfurth of Martinsburg, a former librarian and now a library volunteer, sorts books to be ready for the upcoming Martinsburg Community Library book sale. There was a lot of sorting to do, as Cargill donated a truckload of books for this year's sale.

February is Love Your Library month and The Friends of the Library at Martinsburg Community Library is preparing for its semi-annual book sale.

The book sale will be held at the Martinsburg Community Library, Thursday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday is Bag Day. Buy a bag of books for two dollars.

Jan Arnold and Peggy Steinfurth were at the library on Saturday, Feb. 8 unboxing and sorting books.

"Cargill called the library around Christmas time and asked if we needed anything for our upcoming sale," Steinfurth said. "They showed up with a truck full of books."

All the book-sale books are donated. They are sorted by genre and then put out on tables for patrons to look through.

"Thanks to the hard work of the Friends of the Library, when you drop by the book sale everything is sorted for you to easily find exactly what you're looking for," said Danette Feathers, director of the library.

"We've got a lot of books for children. And westerns, there are lots of westerns available this time," Steinfurth said.

The proceeds from the book sale are used to purchase new books and to help fund different programs within the library, including Story Hour, Pokemon Club, The Cove Book Club and the Genealogical Room.

The library's Genealogical Room is filled with historical reference books, year books, maps and stories of the area. A subscription to Ancestry.com, the library edition, is available at no charge to the public and is used in conjunction with the other information within the collection.

The Liebegott Collection, a compilation of area genealogical information collected and donated by George Liebegott, is also housed in the Genealogical Room.

The library is also a consortium member of SPARK, a network of libraries throughout the state of Pennsylvania that share collections, giving patrons more access to more information.

Any books left over from the sale are donated to different places in the area including the Veterans Home, Intermediate Unit 8, Homewood and The Village.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the library can leave their name and number at the library front desk. Your time commitment is up to you.

 

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