Last week's Friends of the Library Book Sale netted the second-highest proceeds in the organization's history. The final total was $125, 218.74. The October 2012 fall sale made just $560.27 more.
The public and the Springfield-Greene County Libraries weed and donate books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks throughout the year for two big sales—one in the fall and one in the spring.
The sale began with four tractor-trailer loads of items, and most were sold. Some of the remaining books were donated to non-profit agencies in the Springfield area, and others were recycled.
Proceeds go back to the Springfield-Greene County Library District as grants for free public concerts, author visits during The Big Read, performers during the Summer Reading program, library equipment and more.
In 2013, the Friends also pledged $300,000 over three years toward the future renovation of the Brentwood Branch Library. A total of $50,000 from the fall sale will go toward that pledge.
Volunteers have already begun pricing donated books for the spring 2014 sale set for April 29-May 4.