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Library book sale adds summer event
Popular fundraiser heads to Hampton Park
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Forsyth County News

At a glance

* What: FCPL Friends & Advocates summer book sale

* When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday for members, 1:30 to 5 p.m. for the public; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

* Where: Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road.

* To make donations, sign up to volunteer or get more information about the FCPL Friends & Advocates, visit or email

A popular book sale this coming weekend is full of firsts — and not just first editions.

The Forsyth County Public Library Friends & Advocates will hold its first summer book sale.

And the fundraiser, which is set for Saturday and Sunday, will be held for the first time at the Hampton Park library branch.

The Friends, a nonprofit that supports the library, has held all previous sales at the main library branch in Cumming.

The sales have typically been held twice a year, once each in the fall and spring.

But the growing inventory and success of past sales led the group to consider making some changes, spokeswoman Paula Glover said.

"We are actually adding this extra sale so we can control the inventory better," Glover said. "That way, when you come to shop, you can actually see what’s on the table."

The new schedule is being tested this year, she said. If successful, the group may continue holding three sales per year.

With three book sales and three library branches, each branch will get to play host to one of the fundraisers.

The fall sale will be held for the first time at Sharon Forks Library in south Forsyth.

"When we were planning this year’s book sale schedule, we were trying to see how we could reach more folks than just those convenient to the Cumming branch," Glover said.

Also new for this sale, the member preview event will be open on Saturday morning instead of on a Friday, the day before.

Glover said that gives people who couldn’t come at that time a chance to get a first look at the sale.

As usual, folks who are not members of the Friends & Advocates can join for $10 at the member preview sale, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

About 7,500 materials -- including books, DVDs, magazines and more -- will be available at the sale.

Donations coordinator Greg Childers said in a statement that the group has received several interesting items through donations this spring.

"We’ve got first edition and first printings of James Patterson murder-mystery novels, copies of LIFE magazine from the ’30s and ’40s and first editions of several children’s books, including ‘Meet Samantha’ from the American Girl series," Childers said.

Volunteers are still needed for the summer sale, and they are typically asked to give three hours.

The group’s president, Jennifer Dugan, said in a statement that the group hopes to build on past events.

"Our last few sales at the Cumming library have been wildly successful," Dugan said. "We’ve received a lot of feedback from patrons at those sales and we’re eager to show that we’ve been listening and taking those comments to heart."