Friends of the Library hosting book sale, auction, 2 writers

By TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Arts Editor

The Friends of the Sulphur Springs Public Library are hosting a variety of events this week intended to raise funds for the library’s use, beginning with a book sale and silent auction.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Friends Angela Zahn (left) and Leah Conner run into each other while rummaging through a wide variety of books Tuesday morning at the book sale and auction in the Sulphur Springs Public Library. The book sale continues Wednesday, and the deadline for auction bids is Friday morning. A luncheon with area author Annette Smith is planned Friday; tickets are $10 at the library. Contact the library at 903-885-4926 for more information.

The book sale runs through Wednesday, while the deadline for final auction bids is  9 a.m. on Friday. 

�We have a little of something for everyone,� said library director Cheryl Lawson. �People need to drop by and look at the items.�

The book sale includes both hardbacks and paperbacks, books on tape and videotapes. Hardbacks, books on tape and videos will be priced at $1 each, with paperbacks costing a quarter. Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m through Wednesday.

� � Some of the books to be sold include a 1953 Bible, a 1956 Baptist Hymnal, �The Works of Oscar Wilde� (1927), �Pilgrim�s Progress,� �The Great Galveston Disaster� (1912), �Confederate Capital and Hood�s Texas Brigade� (1894), �Opera Programs For G. Ricordi & Company � 1906-1925,� �Pecos Bill � Texas Cowpuncher� (1954), �The Lincoln Reader� (1947), and� �Home Book of Bible Quotations� (1949).

�� Silent auction items include a makeover from Janeen�s Country Cottage, a floral arrangement from Sulphur Springs Floral, dinner for two at Chili�s, a night�s stay at the Celtic Queen Country Inn, savings bonds, jewelry, a Skil tools set, tickets to Six Flags, a basket full of gardening supplies and a basket of arts and crafts ideas, and much more. �

The silent auction and book sale kick off a weeklong flurry of activities at the library.

On Thursday, March 8, library staff and Friends of the Library will host “An Evening with Jim Ainsworth” in the large meeting room at the library. Ainsworth will give the audience a peek at his third novel, “Rivers Ebb,” due to be released Saturday, March 10. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Ainsworth, a Delta County native, is the author of several non-fiction books on financial management and a fiction series called “Follow the Rivers.” The series details the trials and tribulations of a Delta county family of five trying to eke out a living during the horrific drought of the 1950s.

Ainsworth will also discuss the writing process and will share stories from his childhood in Delta County. 

The week wraps up on Friday with the annual Friends of the Sulphur Springs Public Library’s Gala and Fundraiser Luncheon.

Annette Smith, a 1977 graduate of SSHS and daughter of former longtime residents Louie and Marolyn Woodall, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon. 

Smith’s first book, “Whispers of Angels” (Harvest House, 1998) has sold over 113,000 copies. Her latest offering, “A Bigger Life,” released in January, tells the story of a young man struggling to raise his son, win his ex-wife back, and become a better person.

The luncheon is a catered affair. Tickets are $10 and should be purchased in advance at the library.

For more information on the week’s events, contact the library at 903-885-4926.

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