The Used Book Donation Drive held by the Friends of the Billings Public Library April 26 at the old Volvo building downtown was a huge success. Thanks go out to the people who came by to donate to our cause. We were overwhelmed by the response. The success of this drive has helped to replenish the supply of used books in our inventory so depleted in the move from the old library’s third floor to a much smaller space in our new library building.
The Friends use these resources in outreach programs by sharing with numerous nonprofit and social service agencies throughout the community. Our Book Nook sales shelves in the new library’s Sweet Café coffee shop area will welcome the new additions. The balance will be sold and recycled back into the community through our various sales, revenues from which underwrite our mission, which is “to help promote and enhance literary usage and literacy through volunteerism and financial assistance.”
Special thanks to the Billings Clinic Foundation for the donation of the former Underriner building for the event. Without its help and cooperation, this event would have been much more difficult to carry out. We are also very grateful for the support from the local news media in promoting this event to the public. The huge turnout showed the event was worth doing.
Roger W. Young