Friends of the Library groups hold book sales in Marine City and Algonac in April.
The Friends of the Cité Marine Public Library will hold a book sale with books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 20, 21 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 22 , 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23 and 9 a.m. to noon on April 26. April 25 and 26, $2 per bag day.
Donna Nowland, a member of the Friends group, said the book sale takes place in May and November, but the sale has not taken place for a few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That’s how we fundraise for programs in our library, like children’s programs and if they need extra equipment,” she said.
She said that after the dates for the sale are coordinated with the library, the friends at the Marine City Public Library take about a month to get the word out. The books in the sale were purged from the library or received through community donations.
Nowland said there were usually quite a few people on the first day of the sale, then a steady flow after that, with maybe a few hundred passing by.
“We have a lot of beautiful books this year because everyone has been storing them for a few years, waiting for a book sale,” she said.
The Marine City Library is located at 300 S. Parker St. in Marine City. For more information, call 810-765-5233.
The Friends of the Algonac-Clay Library will be hosting a book sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 27 and 28.
The sale will include hardcover and paperback books, as well as special leather-bound collector’s books on a variety of subjects. Additionally, there will be children’s books, cookbooks, puzzles, DVDs and audiobooks.
Proceeds from the sale will support library projects and programs.
The Friends of the Algonac-Clay Library have held specifically designated book sales twice a year for decades, according to a statement from the Friends group. There are also ongoing self-service book sales every day at the library. Book sales are usually discussed over two meetings, but many hours by many Friends members are spent collecting, sorting and displaying books and general preparation for sales.
The number of attendees varies depending on the time of year the sale takes place and the number of hours open, but typically around 60 customers attend the sale. The organizers hope to increase the number from 75 to 100 customers.
The books in the sale have been purged from the library or have been received from individuals. Proceeds will be used to pay for two of the library’s upcoming painting classes, the first being Spring Painting on Canvas. The library has also scheduled two chair dance classes.
The Friends of the Algonac-Clay Library is currently conducting a membership drive.
“We would like people to know how much we appreciate the support of our community; they are generous and kind,” the statement read. “We like to serve them. Our branch is like a community center — we help each other learn and thrive.
The Algonac-Clay Library is located at 2011 St. Clair River Drive in Algonac. For more information, call 810-794-4471.