Photo above: Starting on the left, keeping the tables full of books are volunteers Ron Bailey, Kelly Baker and Gretchen Blickle. The trio was a small part of the army of volunteers.
By Bob Sofaly
The Friends of Beaufort Library held its annual and most important fundraiser on Saturday at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The Fall Friends of the Library Book Sale drew a small army of volunteers and even more customers looking for great deals on books.
Kinsey Baker, spokesperson for the “Friends” said they had volunteers from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to help with the heavy lifting of the boxes and members of Boy Scout Troop 1 of Beaufort who volunteered to spend the night under the pavilion at the park to maintain security. Baker said they had about 26,000 books packed in 650 boxes, each containing about 40 books. Baker added that the last three years the annual fall sale has netted about $18,000 and said the Friends expect to meet or beat that amount again this year.
From left: Barbara Olney reaches for a keeper in the Fiction section during the annual Friends of Beaufort Library Book Sale; Katie Bertagna, 4, browses through the books looking for the perfect “princess book”. Katie was at the annual book sale with her parents Eileen and John Bertagna; Misty Mangasarian, left, and Bill Lisbon flip an assortment of books during the annual Friends of Beaufort Book Sale; some of the thousands of books available at the annual Friends of Beaufort Book Sale; patrons take their time while shopping for great deals on books during the annual Friends of Beaufort Library Book Sale on Saturday at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.