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Book sale to raise money for scholarships

Georgia Highlands College librarian Susanna Smith looks at one of the books that are part of the selection for next week's Library Foundation Book Sale while setting up Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Jeremy Stewart/RN-T.com)


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The library is overflowing at Georgia Highlands College, so library officials decided to do something about it and raise money for scholarships.

The library at the U.S. 27 campus in Floyd County will host a book sale for the first time May 27 through May 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to librarian Susanna Smith.

“We are hoping for the best,” she said. “Every little bit helps.”

The books for sale have all been donated. The library has been “hoarding” books for four years now and it is time to clear some space, she said.

“We have books donated for the sale from students, faculty and staff and the community,” she said. “We were also the beneficiary of a donation from a Florida State history professor.”

Earlier this year, the professor died and his daughter donated boxes of his books to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, said Smith.

“His daughter had a connection with Booth and they took what they could use and then donated the rest to us,” Smith explained.

“There are a lot of American studies and American history books included. We had maybe 60 to 70 boxes of books come to us from that.”

Smith said she and the other librarians felt it was time to use the books for a good cause.

“This is a way we can help the students beyond the way we usually help them here in the library,” she added.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the Georgia Highlands College Foundation Scholarship Fund.

The foundation offers more than $62,000 in scholarship aid annually through 26 named scholarships and 60 scholarships awards.

“Sometimes a student just needs a little bit of help,” said Smith. “Maybe they are just a few hundred dollars short. This fund can help them fill those gaps.”

Mass market paperbacks will be 25 cents each. All other books will cost $1 per inch, Smith said.

“We won’t have a price list or labels, we’ll just have a ruler,” said Smith. “We will stack the books up and if you have four inches of books, that will be $4.”

After noon on May 28, the bargain sale begins, Smith added.

“If you come in then, you can pay $5 and stuff a grocery bag full of books,” she explained. “We do not want anything left, we are clearing it all out.”

Customers will need to bring cash, Smith said.

“We will not be taking checks and we do not have credit card machines,” she said.

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