To the Editor: Love of reading. Love of books. Love of literacy. These shared values were in evidence at the recent Manhattan Library Association’s 2017 Book Sale. Hundreds of supporters of the Manhattan Public Library purchased books. The proceeds will support the library’s programs for youth and adults. In this day and age of pinched budgets, the MLA responds to the need to support such a highly valued community resource as our public library. The library is constantly upgrading its book offerings, digital education mission and facilities for the benefit of all community members and age groups.
Volunteers made this sale possible. Patrons donated thousands of books during the year for the book sale and for Rosie’s Corner. The Manhattan Library Association consists of volunteers charged with raising community awareness and raising funds for services and facilities.
In addition, volunteers came forward to prepare the sale and to work during it. All were committed to advancing our library’s mission.
The MLA Book Sale Committee would like to express its gratitude to the library staff and other groups for making the sale possible. The groundwork was prepared by our book sorting group headed by Wilma Schmeller, Carol O’Neill, Liz Rush and Pat Brown. MLA volunteers unpacked thousands books for display on the tables. Publicity was organized by Carol Oukrop and Vivienne Uccello. We also are grateful to library administrators Linda Knupp, John Pecoraro, Teri Belin, Jenn Lund and Mike Helget for providing support.
Several Manhattan businesses and organizations provided needed support. The Mercury and KMAN carried notices of the sale to our patrons. Several businesses advertised the book sale on their marquees. Boy Scout Troop 77 of the LDS Church, Manhattan 2nd Ward, under the leadership of Travis Sommer, loaned tables for the display of the books. Special praise goes to Norm Dreeszen and his Flint Hills Job Corps Construction Crafts Class crew,who brought tons of books to the auditorium. The men of Tau Kappa Epsilon, organized by Ethan Levin and Housemother Brandi Butler, were vital in the cleanup after the sale. KSU Chapter of Rotaract members also donated their time helping with the sale.
And the opportunity to find good books goes on at Rosie’s Corner. Thanks to all for supporting our sale. Please come back for next year’s. Roger Brannon Ken Mills Elaine Shannon MM Book Sale Coordinators 629 Poyntz Ave.