Mohr Library is in Johnston, but the book sale hosted by The Friends of Mohr Library on Saturday attracted shoppers from all over the state.
Marissa Marandola, for example, perused the selection with friends and fellow La Salle Academy graduates Christine Wise and Amanda DeCesare. The three girls each carried home a stack of books.
Celia Spardello lives in Johnston and came to Saturday’s sale with her 8-year-old daughter Thalia, who is a student at Immaculate Conception Regional Catholic School in Cranston. Looking mostly for children’s books, they worked their way through boxes of books on sale by The Friends.
“We needed to get rid of a lot of books,” said Helen Antonizio, who manned the check out table with Friends colleague Sheila Manney. “We actually didn’t want to have a sale at this time, but we have more and more books coming in.”
The sale was a way to ready the shelves for incoming titles and also raise funds to support library events and programs.
“We had so many gently used books donated over the last months that we had enough left after the book sale to fully stock the ongoing Friends sale shelves in the hall of the lower level,” Antonizio said. “We sold lots of paperbacks mainly because libraries don’t stock them anymore. We also sold a good selection of hard cover fiction, along with books for kids, teens and other interesting topics.”
When the sale was over, The Friends were pleased with the result.
“Overall, it was a success. We didn’t count the money yet, but we sold quite a few books. We also had dealers lined up at the door at 9 o’clock before the library opened. That sort of thing is always a help,” Antonizio said.
Donations to The Friends are tax deductible and receipts are available. The next Friends book sale will likely coincide with the annual Apple Festival this fall.