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June 2008

What’s New · Friends June Book Sale Shatters Record

Friends sale volunteers

The Friends of the Public Library held its 36th Annual Used Book Sale June 2-6 in the Main Library Atrium during normal business hours. Adding to the festive feeling of the sale, Le’s CafĂ© was on the Walnut Street Plaza every afternoon that week, selling grilled hotdogs, brats, chicken, hamburgers, and their famous (voted “best sandwich” by Cincinnati Magazine in 2007) pulled pork sandwich!

Record sales on Monday of $30,000 far surpassed any first day in the history of the sale. The final gross sales were $83,000—greatly exceeding the past gross sale record of $62,000 in 1992 and $59,000 in 2007. Proceeds from the sale help support adult and children’s programs (especially the summer reading program), and purchase special library materials and equipment.

Under the capable leadership of Book Sale Mary Lu Aft, the record-setting results of the Friends June Sale required the concerted hard work and cooperation of many people. Among them are, standing, left to right: Mary Lu Aft, Ralph Weil, Dan Dunn, Warehouse volunteer coordinator Rob Monteserin, Tony Waker, Friends Director Mary DeCourcy, Maryhelen West, Marvin Hinton, an unidentified UC student, Deb Hudson, Friends Executive Director Anne Keller, and retiree Alfred Kleine-Kreutzmann. Kneeling are some of the more than four dozen University of Cincinnati students who helped out.

Louise Jenks and Jeanne Schmidt

Among the more than 300 volunteers who helped out at the 36th Annual Friends of the Public Library June Used Book Sale were Louise Jenks, left, of Hyde Park whose mother, Sarah Kahn, was the founder of the book sale. She is pictured with Jeanne Schmidt, also of Hyde Park, who co-chaired the book sale from 1981-1987.

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s book sale a tremendous success!