The Pawling Library Board of Trustees would like to thank the community of Pawling for their outstanding support at our 2018 Annual Book Sale. Held at the Pawling Firehouse on South Street, the sale took place over two weekends beginning May 12, and grossed nearly $12,000. These much-needed funds will go directly back to the library to offset operating costs. For Trustee and Book Sale Committee member Karen Franco, one of the best parts of the book sale is “seeing people’s excitement and pleasure when they find favorite authors or new treasures in the incredible collection of 35,000 books that were donated during the course of the year. We love seeing these wonderful books getting recycled back into readers’ hands instead of ending up in a landfill.”
If you were at the book sale, we likely asked you to sign our petition to place the library’s budget on the November 2018 ballot. This was our first foray into signature gathering, and we were encouraged and heartened by the number of people willing to support our library. Our signature gathering effort will continue for the next few months, so if you did not get a chance to sign at the sale, keep an eye out for volunteers in the community and add your name to the petition to get the library’s budget proposition on the ballot.
We are especially grateful for the volunteers who helped us set up, manage, and break down our sale. Whether you came for multiple days or stopped in to help us out when you had spare time, we appreciate your willingness to donate your time – and muscles – to support our sale. It’s backbreaking work, and we could not do it without you! And last but certainly not least, thank you to the Pawling Fire Department, notably Everett White and Joe Samela, for facilitating our use of the space. The indoor location and ability to hold the sale over two weekends were enormously helpful to our fundraising efforts.