LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -For you book lovers out there, the Friends of the Lawton Library are preparing for their annual book sale.
The doors will open Thursday evening and more than 500 books, puzzles and comic books are for sale in the old Big 5 Sporting Goods on Northwest Cache Road near Olive Garden.
The Lawton Public Library director says this sale is their biggest fundraiser of the year. It has raised as much as $10,000. Without this money, there wouldn't be funds for the summer reading program, adult programs or technology.
"It's the one that everybody is excited for. We get phone calls three months in advance. Everybody wants to know when the book sale is going to be," said Lawton Public Library Director Kristin Herr.
Herr says every year, they have faithful customers who the book sale has become a tradition for.
"One of the favorite things is to see people buy the books and return them the next year to have them sold at the book sale," Herr said.
Herr says without help from the non-profit that puts on the sale, people that visit the library wouldn't have as much access to technology as they do now.
"It helped to buy stuff in our maker's space. You know, we have a 3D printer, a laminator and a wide-format printer. We have all these cool things that the Friends of the Library help us do," Herr said.
Herr says the funds make it easier to bring new books to the readers who stop in to check out what the library has to offer.
"We want people to come into the library to check-in and check-out and we have got e-books now so when you travel you know you don't have to pack 18 books. You know, you just put it on your kindle or your tablet," Herr said.
Herr says the volunteers from Friends of the Library really make the library great.
"They also do volunteer projects. They help with the International Festival and the book sale. Throughout the year, we have a core set of volunteers that work on the book sale once a week throughout the year," Herr said.
Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are $0.50, unless otherwise noted. Herr says on Sunday, all the books that are left will be half-price.
The Friends of the Library book sale starts Thursday at 5 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The sale ends Sunday, running from noon until 4 p.m.