The Friends of the Cape Coral Library is gearing up for its biggest fund-raiser - the Fall Book Sale - to be held the third week of November.
"It's the best sale in Lee County," said Paula Novander, president of the Friends of Cape Coral Library. "It is the biggest book sale right now."
The Little Acorns began holding fund-raisers for the library in 1972 because members wanted the "library to grow into a mighty oak." The library eventually moved to its new location in 1987 on Southwest 39th Terrace.
Books are all lined up and ready for sale during one of the previous Fall Book Sales at the Cape Coral Library.
"We are one of the largest and biggest libraries," Novander said.
The Friends of the Cape Coral Library eventually formed and today has 200 members. Friends of the Library is a national organization.
The members meet on the third Saturday in January, March, May, September and November at 10 a.m. The next meeting will be held Nov. 12 and Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall will be the guest speaker. Annual memberships are $10 for individuals, $15 for a family, $50 for Civic Benefactor and $100 for Corporate Benefactor.
Fund-raising continued after the name changed to provide additional funding for the library, so the group could continue to hold children, teen and adult programs for the community. The Friends of the Cape Coral Library's most successful fund-raiser has been the book sale held in the fall and spring.
The last book sale in the spring raised several thousand dollars for the library.
Novander said this year they have paid for many more library programs than in the past due to budget cuts Lee County is experiencing. She said the library is looking to the the Friends for help and they are lucky they can provide the assistance.
"We have become a necessity to the library now," Novander said.
Some of the programs the Friends of the Library supports consists of refreshments and/or prizes for the Earth Day coloring contest; Bagels, Books and Banter; Chess Club; and the English Cafe. It also supports magicians, jugglers and puppet programs, the Butterfly Garden and the monthly art gallery exhibits featuring three artists' work.
The annual Fall Book Sale will kick off Thursday, Nov. 17, for members only from 3-5:30 p.m. Books, CDs, DVDs and books on CD will be among some of the items available.
Novander said the Friends will begin moving all of the books from their storage Wednesday morning and complete setting everything up right before the sale opens Thursday afternoon.
"It is a big day," she said.
Novander said most of the books that are sold during the sale are donated by the public all year around. She said the collection consists of a lot of old and interesting books.
"They are not just old library books that we are recycling," she said. "We get very good donations."
The sale will be open to the public on Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The hard cover books will sell for $2; paperbacks for 75 cents; trade paperbacks for $1, DVDs for $3 and books on CD for $5.
Novander said the Friends provide a good sale for the community because they categorize their books into different genres.
"We don't just throw them out there," she said.
The Cape Coral Library is located at 931 S.W. 39th Terrace off Mohawk Parkway.