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November 12, 2010

Friends group celebrates 10 years

Saturday’s party open to public

NEW ALBANY — For 10 years the Friends of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library have had book sales twice a month. And while the public gets a bargain, with most items going for $1 or less, the library reaps the rewards.

In 10 years, the Friends group has donated $175,574 to the library which includes all proceeds from the book sales. The money has been used for a variety of things including new lighting and landscaping around the library.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Friends group will celebrate 10 years of book sales with a party in the library’s Strassweg Auditorium. The event is free to the public and there will be books and gift baskets to bid on, live music and, of course, birthday cake from Sweet Stuff.

“We are able to bring low cost books to people for affordable prices. We are able to get books in people’s hands,” said Kathy Eickmann, who organizes the monthly book sales. “We get books in kids’ hands.”

Many of the children’s books at the book sales are free. Most of the books sold have been donated to the friends group.

The auction list Saturday has more than 50 items, which includes a rare first edition copy of “Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar” valued at $650 and a Harry Potter Treasure Chest, which contains a complete set of seven Harry Potter titles, valued at $450.

There are also a number of signed books and gift baskets up for bid including tickets to Derby Dinner, the Ogle Center and a gift certificate from Pacers & Racers. A handmade quilt donated by Friends member Jeanne Kovatch will also be on the auction block.

Kovatch said it took her about 65 hours to make the quilt, and that she was happy with the way it turned out.

“I have lived in a lot of other places, but we have a beautiful facility here. It has so much for a county this small,” Kovatch said of the library.

Bids will be taken on silent auction items from 6 to 7:15 p.m. There will also be a live auction.

“We hope we have a nice crowd,” Eickmann said. “We want people to bid on the books and baskets.”

 For a complete list of the items up for bid, go to the Friends link at and click on Tenth Anniversary.

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