Friends of the Colonial Heights Library’s semiannual book sale begins Friday

J. H. Osborne • May 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM

The Colonial Heights branch of the Sullivan County Public Library has been around a half-century — and the Friends of the Colonial Heights Library have been helping out all the while.

The volunteer organization will be at it again Friday and Saturday, hosting a semiannual book sale to raise money for the library.

The sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Old Rock Springs School, 1720 Rock Springs Road, Kingsport.

“It’s what they use as their major fundraiser,” said Jo McDavid, manager of the Colonial Heights branch. “We’re trying to make a little money and get rid of some books. We have some new books that have been donated, and some old books that have been removed from circulation.”

No book is price more than $1, McDavid said.

“There’s a good collection of all different types of books,” McDavid said. “We’ve got a lot of books on CD that we’ve withdrawn. We’ve got some new John Grisham and some new children’s books. We’ve got some old books going back to the early 1900s that were donated, including textbooks and also some literature. Nothing is over $1. We’re trying to get rid of a lot of books.”

The sale is cash only.

And some items are free.

“We have a lot of old VHS tapes and cassette tapes that we are giving away to anyone who wants them,” McDavid said.

The Friends of the Colonial Heights Library will use all sale proceeds to buy new books or other materials for the library’s collection, or to improve the branch itself.

“They’ve been very supportive of us,” McDavid said. “In the past, the Friends of the Library built our children’s room. They raised money to do that and did a lot of work themselves. We are about to start another project. We want to add a patio off the children’s room or maybe somewhere else in the yard, so we can offer some outside programs.”

The Colonial Heights branch of the Sullivan County Public Library is located at 149 Pactolus Road in Kingsport.

Its roots go back to 1961, when a committee decided it might be time for a library branch in the Colonial Heights suburb outside Kingsport.

A yearlong trial ensued, and it was a success.

The library grew into and out of a couple of locations, and in May 1995, the county accepted ownership of what had been the Pactolus Community Center near Sullivan South High School.

It was renovated — including a lot of work from various volunteer agencies — and became the new home of the Colonial Heights library branch.

For more information, visit the library or contact McDavid at 239-1100.

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