JEFFERSON, LA – Wednesday morning the Friends of the Library presented Library Director Marylyn Haddican with a donation of $100,000 from the bi-annual "Big Book Sale". The items the Friends sell are used but in good condition. Many books sold by the Friends come from "weeded" library books (books that are no longer circulating or are low in circulation) and donations from the public. The Friends receive thousands of books from local citizens who donate them in bins at the East Bank Regional Building. Library Director Marylyn Haddican said, “I am grateful not only to the patrons who donate their items to the Friends but to the hard working “Friends” who have always been a group that works for the enrichment of the library system as a whole.” The money is used by the library to pay for "non-budgeted" items which include items that are difficult to get from regular vendors or emergency materials. Items purchased from the library with donations from the Friends include book return drops, crafted library furniture, security cameras, displays and networking cameras. The Friends also purchase prize items given out to children during the annual Summer Reading Program.
President Michael S. Yenni said, “I want to thank the Friends for the generous work they do for the Jefferson Parish Libraries. It’s because of them we are able to provide residents of this great Parish with up-to-date- reading material as well as top-notch programs for early childhood education at our facilities. I challenge everyone to take advantage of our libraries and experience the wonderful staff, extensive catalogue and up-to-date technology at each one.” The donation money is presented twice a year at their bi-annual public meetings where the organization asks for volunteers to help at the book sales. The Friends are a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who support the library. Most of their profits come from the twice annual sales where items include books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, collectables, games, puzzles, and more. The next “Big Book Sale” will be held October 13-16 at the Pontchartrain Center. You can visit www.friendsofjeffersonlibrary.org for more information.