WHAT THERE IS TO LOVE ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

WHAT THERE IS TO LOVE ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

#1 —  The Book Sale in November.  Every November for the last many years (nearly every year for the last 52 years), the Friends of the Library have held their annual Book Sale, recently at the Extraco Events Center, also known as the Heart of Texas Fairgrounds.  This Book Sale, offering up to 110,000 items, is their/our biggest fundraiser, but from my own personal standpoint of a customer, it just seems like the best book sale in the world due to the amazing selection and cheap prices (last year hardbacks were selling for $1.50; as low as 50 cents each for many children’s books; and the “fancier” books in the Collector’s Corner were mostly $3.00 apiece).

#2 —  The money raised by the Friends goes to fund items that the Library needs but are not in the City’s budget.  Last year (2014) the Friends of the Waco McLennan County Library gave $35,000 cash to the Library specifically to purchase books to grow its collections.  That is in addition to the $48,906.50 worth of actual books that were donated to the Library from the books donated to the Friends by the public.  Neither of those figures includes the other tens of thousands of dollars that were given to the library for projects such as summer reading programs for children and various office machines needed by the library staff. (more…)

East Waco Library Renovations

East Waco Library Renovations

Waco, Texas (April 10, 2015) – The East Waco Library, located at 901 Elm Avenue, will close this month as renovations get underway to expand and modernize the building.  The last day the library will be open to the public is April 25, 2015.

During construction, East Waco Library activities – including children’s programs, weekly Storytimes, Summer Reading programs and more – will be relocated to the Bledsoe-Miller Community Center at 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  Renovations are expected to last for approximately 9 to 10 months. (more…)

Spring Cleaning: Friends of the Library Book Drive

Spring Cleaning: Friends of the Library Book Drive

April 1 – 30, 2015 the Friends of the Waco McLennan County Library are urging residents to clean out your bookshelves and closets and donate your gently used Books, DVDs, Board Games, and Puzzles to the Friends of the Library Book Sale (which will take place November 5-8, 2015; the Mini Book Sale will be June 5-6). (more…)

Mini Book Sale – June 5, 2015

Mini Book Sale – June 5, 2015

Summer is just around the corner, believe it or not! As you fill your tote bags with sunscreen, snacks, and straw hats to head to the beach, the mountains, the pool or even the patio – don’t forget to add the books. (more…)

2014 Book Sale

2014 Book Sale

The 52nd Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale was held November 6-9, 2014 at the Extraco Events Center, formerly known as the Heart of Texas Fairgrounds.  From watching the crowd receive “Free Book” coupons in line early Thursday morning until the final farewell to the public at Sunday evening’s “Moonlight Madness” there were many different kinds of nice surprises for the almost 5,000 attendees during the long weekend at the Extraco Center’s adjoining General Exhibits and Creative Arts buildings. (more…)