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Community support benefits the library [UPDATED]

Published 10:09am Friday, September 27, 2013 Updated 12:14pm Friday, September 27, 2013

I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came out and shopped during the Friends of the Fergus Falls Public Library’s Annual Used Book Sale last week. Approximately $2,000 worth of books and audiovisual materials were sold during the sale.

All of the proceeds from the sale benefit the library and are used to enhance library programming, services and collections. Your support means so much and helps make a number of library services possible.

Occasionally library patrons will ask what happens to books that are not sold during the sale. Unsold books are shipped, at no cost, to Better World Books, an organization which then resells the books online (the Friends receive a commission on books sold), donates them to a literary-related charity, or recycles them.

Local nonprofit organizations are also encouraged to attend the sale on Saturdays to choose books for their organizations at no cost.

If you missed the sale, the Friends of the Library also maintain two book carts full of used books for sale throughout the year.

The carts are located in front of the library check-out desk and hold everything from adult nonfiction and fiction books to picture books for youth.

Be sure to check the carts often as inventory is updated weekly. You may also join the Friends of the Library at any time; information is available at the library or on the Friends facebook page at

The library is also the lucky recipient of generous support from the Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis Club. The Club recently donated $9,000 in honor of the late Merald Enstad to help improve the library’s teen area. Today, new furniture and shelving were installed in this space. I encourage you to stop by and take a look.

We will also host an official unveiling of the space in conjunction with the Noon Kiwanis membership once it is fully complete. Watch for an announcement soon.

The new furniture includes four comfortable lounge chairs, two occasional tables and two new shelving units.

The furniture and shelving notably improve the functionality and welcoming atmosphere of this previously underutilized space.

As a member of the library’s teen advisory group, the NINJAS, once noted regarding the previous space — “Teen space? What teen space?”

Now, with the new and improved furnishings, we feel this space will help us welcome teens to the library and showcase our growing collection of books and audiobooks for teens.

Indeed, the library’s teen collection of books is one of the fastest growing collections at the library, as the books are checked-out by both teens and adults.

Stop in, check-out the new furnishings and, if you have time, peruse the books on the shelves, you might find something you like.

See you at the library.


Erin Smith is the director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.

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