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Tens of thousands of donated books, CDs, DVDs and other items soon will replace convening public employees and social functions at Stratton Center when the annual Bookfest returns to benefit literacy in Shelby County.
The event, sponsored by The Sentinel-News and Friends of the Library, will be Oct. 9-12 at 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville.
Friends of the Library President Bill Matthews said The Sentinel-News would return for its second year as primary sponsor.
In 2012, the event equaled its record by raising $4,000, and the newspaper uses its portion to fund its Newspapers in Education literacy program.
Friends of the Library makes contributions to the Shelby County Public Library, which earlier this year included a new book drop-off box.
“Through the years the Friends of the Library have supported our wonderful library by contributing tens of thousands of dollars, which have gone for supplies, equipment, landscaping, benches, and to underwrite the cost of bringing well-known authors (Silas House, Sue Grafton) to town for a special talk and to visit with library patrons,” Matthews said in a release.
“Bookfest is an important event that broadens everyone’s reading and circles back around to help our children read also,” Sentinel-News Publisher Kerry Johnson said. “So bring your books and come buy more.”
The event is based on donations of items from Friends members, book lovers and the general public.
“So clean out your attic, your basement and your bookshelves for new and pre-owned books, CDs and DVDs, and art objects that will make someone else very happy,” Matthews said in a release about the event.
No encyclopedias or VHS tapes will be accepted, because they haven’t sold in past years.
Contributors may start to drop off items immediately at The Sentinel-News, (703 Taylorsville Road), or at 529 Main Street (Crahan Wealth Management). Volunteers will pick up books from patrons who live within the Shelbyville city limits.
Bookfest begins with an opening-night event on Oct. 9 for members of Friends of the Library, Matthews said. Not only will members have the first opportunity to look over all of the contributions, but there will be a silent auction, refreshments and an opportunity to meet with local authors.
Hours for the Bookfest are 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10-11 and 9-noon on Oct. 12, which is also “Buy A Bag Day,” when you can buy a bag and get all the items you can fit into it.
The Friends of the Library always welcomes new members. An individual membership is only $10, a family membership $25 and a new category, patron, $100. Members, new and old, may send in their membership dues to Friends of the Library, P. O. Box 1555, Shelbyville,. 40065