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story.lead_photo.caption The annual Barton Library book sale is slated for Oct. 15-19

The Barton Library book sale is only a week away and Union County public library system executive director Michael O’Connell says it will be a good opportunity for book-lovers to find unique titles.

“The book sale is the only source of reasonably priced used books in the county, and offers a wide variety of titles that may otherwise not be available,” he said in an email correspondence.

Started over 40 years ago as part of the mission of the Friends of Barton Library, a nonprofit who contributes funding and manpower to the library system, the sale will include thousands of books, magazines and other reading materials, O’Connell said.

“The tradition dates back as far as anyone remembers,” he said. “I have seen comments about the sale in the board minutes dating to the early ‘70’s and occasional mentions of book sales back to the teens.”

Funds raised through the sale will benefit the Friends of Barton Library, eventually going back into the library system. Recently, the Friends of Barton Library purchased new furniture for the children’s section at the Barton Library. O’Connell said they also help to fund library events.

Books are available for purchase year-round at each of the libraries in the system — which includes Barton, Harper Memorial in Junction City, the Strong Public Library, the Huttig Library, the Norphlet Public Library and the Smackover Public Library — but the book sale offers a wider variety and more titles. Two book sales are held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

“It’s a great opportunity to purchase a wide variety of books at a very reasonable price, and all proceeds help to support libraries throughout the county,” O’Connell said.

Hardcover books will cost $1, paperbacks 50 cents and magazines 10 cents at the sale. The book sale starts next Tuesday, Oct. 15, and will run through next Saturday, Oct. 19. The book sale will be held under the pavilion behind the library and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This Thursday, Barton Library will host a ‘BYOD’ (bring your own device) seminar to assist Union County residents with setting up any personal computing devices to access the system’s new e-Book library. E-books were introduced to the library system last month, and O’Connell said the library will host similar events periodically through December. The BYOD event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Halloween, the Barton Library will host a Monster Bash, where children are invited to come to the library for a movie, arts and crafts and treats from 5:30 p.m. to about 6:45 p.m. After that begins National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), November, where writers are encouraged to write a novel in a month. The Barton Library will host ‘write-ins’ for writers to get together and work on their books each Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in November, with a kick-off write-in scheduled for Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.

More information about the Union County Public Library System is available at bartonlibrary.org.

Caitlan Butler can be reached at 870-862-6611 or cbutler@eldoradonews.com.

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