Friends thank everyone who helped make library book sale successful

To the Editor:

The Friends of the Hollis Social Library held their most successful annual book sale on May 10 at Hollis Town Hall and realized $3242.50.

The Friends would like to thank Laurel Lang, Joni LaBombard and Ann Russell, who used their great experience of library book sales to lead a group of dedicated workers in presenting the many donated books to the public.

$1,500 from the sale will go toward the Children’s Summer Program. This summer, this most successful program for children between the ages of 5 and 18 will offer a program with the theme of science. Between June 27 and Aug. 9, there will be special programs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The theme will be based on the STEM curriculum (S for Science, T for Technology, E for Energy and M for Math).

All children are invited. A special gift by Lloyd Deenike will help to purchase many of the science books. This program is offered by the children’s librarian, Vicky Sandin.

During this same period of the summer, librarian Tanya Griffith will offer an adult reading program. This summer the theme is "Literary Elements."

The Friends have in the past donated funds toward books, furniture and redecoration to enhance the Library. They also support museum passes for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Science in Boston, Zoo New England in Franklin Park and Stoneham, Mass., the Currier Museum in Manchester and the See Science Center in Manchester. These museum passes offer an entrance discount. The passes are available at the circulation desk.

At the end of the sale, there is always the problem of distributing those books not purchased. This year, books were offered to the Nashua Children’s Home and Goodwill. Many of the books find a home at the transfer station, where the public again has the chance to find great reading material.

This spring, the library will develop a young adult area, including comfortable chairs and a counter and tables with tech ports. This wonderful development is given by the Jan Squires Memorial Fund. The Squires family suggested this fund for Jan’s many friends who wanted to celebrate Jan’s great additions to the library and the communiity. The Friends and, of course, all the community thank the Squires family for this generous offering.

Anyone interested in becoming a "Friend" may leave her or his name at the circulation desk or call Katherine Drisko at 465-2517 for more information.

Friends of the Hollis Social Library