FOSCL makes book donation easy with drive-through service

Book lovers can donate to a local cause and skip some of the heavy lifting, thanks to the Friends of the South Coastal Library. In preparation for their semiannual book sale this coming February, the Friends group will be collecting gently used books on Saturday, Dec. 8, in front of the Giant grocery store in Millville.

People can just pack up their books and drive to the storefront between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“You don’t even have to get out. Drive up, and a volunteer will take the books from you,” said Virginia Nee, publicity chairperson for the book drive. “Super convenient! We’ll do anything.”

Books for adults and children, DVDs, CDs and audio books will be accepted.

The following types of items will not be accepted: anything more than 10 years old, encyclopedias and textbooks. Nee explained that, when these items don’t sell, volunteers have to transport them, yet again, to another donation site.

Book lovers can then take advantage of inexpensive prices at the Friends of the South Coastal Library book sale on Feb. 15 and 16, 2013.

The Friends group provides financial support and volunteers for South Coastal Library, especially when state budgets are reduced. Funds raised from the book sale help to sponsor free cultural programs and library supplies. South Coastal Library also has expanded family DVD collections and eBook access.

“We’ve been well-supported in the past, and we are appreciative for all the support we’ve got,” said Nee. “Like any other group, libraries are needing more financial support than they have in the past. We do appreciate the number of people who use the library and take books out.”