Book Blowout raises money for new library building

By Jake Harris | Published Saturday, January 31, 2015

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“The Old Man and the Sea.” “Emma,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “The Sixth Sense” on VHS. The original “Jungle Book” series. Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. An “SNL” Trivial Pursuit game. Old typewriters and scanners.

Items like this and many more are available to own at the Rhome Public Library, which has an entire garage full of books and other library resources available for purchase during the library’s “Book Blow-Out” going on through the end of March.

Patrons can buy hardcover books for donations of $1 or paperback books for 50 cents. The event is designed to free up space in the library and to raise money for a new building on Main Street.

“Our building is too small, and we have to get rid of a lot of books that we just don’t have room for anymore,” said library board member Janice Wilson.

Wilson said it will cost the library about $500,000 for a new, 4,000-square-foot building and parking lot. She added that the board voted to temporarily name the new building after whoever donates the most money.

Other upcoming events at the library include:

  • a President’s Day program, 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, for third, fourth and fifth graders, and
  • Story Time programs, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every first and third Wednesday, February through May, for preschool-age children.

To register to attend these events or to donate to the Rhome library building fund, call Wilson at 940-577-2266 or the library at 817-636-2767.

You can also bring donations to the library.

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