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Book sale nearly sets new record
BookSale
Visitors look over the stacks of materials Saturday during a used book sale to benefit the Forsyth County Public Library. - photo by Autumn McBride

What's next
The next  FCPL Friends & Advocates used book sale is set for July at the Hampton Park library. A November sale is also planned for the Sharon Forks branch. Donations are collected year round. Visit forsythfol.org for more information or to schedule a pickup.

Nearly $7,000 was raised for the Forsyth County Public Library during a weekend used book sale.

The FCPL Friends & Advocates, a nonprofit supporting the library, came just a couple hundred dollars shy of meeting the previous sale's record-breaking total, spokeswoman Paula Glover said.

Funds raised from the sale, one of three planned for this year, will go toward library programming, such as family cinema, teen and "tween" book groups and discussions for adults.

The three-day sale at the Cumming branch featured about 8,000 donated materials, including books, CDs and DVDs. Glover estimated about three-quarters of the inventory was sold.

Some unique and popular items included an antique wooden globe and a set of "Twilight" novels, Glover said.

"We are grateful to the community for continuing to donate such a wonderful inventory," she said in a statement. "We're also very appreciative of our volunteers that work so hard to collect donations throughout the year and organize the sale."

The effort had plenty of help, Glover said, with volunteers from both the group's membership and a few "pleasant surprises."

Alumni from the North Georgia College & State University TeamMBA program, which meets at the Cumming City Hall, reunited on Saturday for the event.

The program encourages community service projects, said MBA marketing coordinator Kristin Joyner.

"It's folks that are wanting to challenge themselves and become a little more well rounded," Joyner said. "One of the big things that we try to involve the students in is community activities."

About 80 percent of the program's alumni live in Forsyth County, she said, so this presented an ideal local opportunity to give back.

"We also purchased quite a number of business books for students to be able to check out, so it was a win-win," she said.

Another group of community volunteers also contributed books and time.

A troop of Girl Scouts collected about 600 books during a drive at Mashburn Elementary School, Glover said. The girls also helped out during the sale.

Two more sales are planned for this year, with the next one in July.