Friends of Heights Libraries plans annual meeting and fall sale
For 54 years, Friends of the Heights Libraries has provided funding and countless volunteer hours to support the nationally recognized Heights Libraries system.
Friends invites community members to its annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m., at the Lee Road Library. It will celebrate the Heights Libraries’ centennial with a presentation by Amia Wheatley, local history librarian, on the history of the Heights Libraries.
The organization’s semiannual Mega Sale of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 10, 5–8:45 p.m., with a preview night for members (memberships will be sold at the door for $10), and will continue through Sunday, Nov. 13.
The sale is held at the Lee Road Library, in the meeting rooms on the first floor and in the Harvey & Friends Bookshop on the second floor. The sale always features a variety of fiction, nonfiction, children’s and teen books, and a great selection of “specials”—individually priced art books and other treasures—that are scooped up by eager book lovers.
Helping staff its benefit sales is just one of many volunteer opportunities available to Friends members. Volunteers also work at the Harvey & Friends Bookshop on a daily basis and during special monthly First Friday sales, when books are available for $4 a bag. They also sort donated books and help at library events, such as the Indigenous Peoples Read-In on Oct. 9, the African American Read-In in February, and the Favorite Poem Project in April.
Friends’ efforts in recent years have included grants to the library for programs and purchases, and funding murals at the Coventry Village Library’s Children’s Room and the Lee Road Library, as well as the decorative tree in the Noble Neighborhood Library’s Children’s Room. Friends awards $3,750 in annual scholarships for library science students, and purchased the Book Bike, which distributes free books at community events.
Vivian Pospisil is a board member of the Friends of the Heights Libraries.