The Union Recorder

July 31, 2013

Library hosts book fundraiser during First Friday

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Mary Vinson Memorial Library will host a book sale fundraiser in conjunction with this week’s First Friday activities to benefit the upcoming Georgia Literary Festival. 

Milledgeville will play host to the festival in the fall. 

This week’s fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Digital Bridges on Hancock Street.

“All of the money we raise will go to help us with the planning of the Georgia Literary Festival. We have expenses to cover, like paying for author honorariums and covering costs for gift bags, festival T-shirts and programs,” said Sarah Hamil, outreach coordinator for the Twin Lakes Library System. 

The literary festival honors Georgia authors, living and deceased, through readings, book signings, lectures, tours, and meet-and-greet opportunities, according to a press release. It is slated for November and is expected to draw writers, authors and literary enthusiasts from throughout the state and the southeast.

The upcoming fundraiser book sale follows previous book sales the library has hosted in an attempt to raise money for the festival. 

“We’ve done three book fundraisers so far to help with Georgia Literary Festival,” said Hamil. “We had a book sale on April 19 at the Mary Vinson Memorial Library as part of Patron Appreciation Week. We also had a few book sales at Digital Bridges on May 3 and on June 7 during May and June’s First Friday.” 

The sale will feature paperback and hardback covers. Paperback books will be on sale for $1 and hardcover books will go for $2.

“By purchasing books at these book sale fundraisers, you can go home feeling good about your contribution. You’re helping us put together a state-wide festival that will bring thousands of tourists to Milledgeville.” said Hamil. 

Along with the book sale will be a book signing. Dianna Knox Cooper was raised in the small town of Glenwood. She is a wife of 23 years and mother of three — two sons and one daughter — as well as a survivor of child, sexual and spousal abuse. She is also a certified W.A.I.T (Why AM I Tempted) Trainer and she participates in speaking engagements to both abused adult and youth groups. She is the author of her newly released book “Hated Without A Cause.”

First Friday activities will also include a one-year anniversary event at the Lemon Tree that will include a pet adoption event held in conjunction with Animal Rescue Foundation. The Fall Line Farmers Market will be held at First Presbyterian Church featuring locally grown produce and baked goods as well as live music from Big Mike and the Booty Papas.

For additional information on the book sale contact Hamil at 478-452-0677 or email at sarahhamil@tllsga.org. For more information on First Friday call Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville Main Street and the Downtown Development Authority.

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