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Nederland library sale approaches: Books sold between 25 cents & $1

NEDERLAND — Friends of the Nederland Library are hosting their annual library book sale at the Marion and Ed Hughes Library March 3-7 during regularly scheduled library hours.

Past president Ann Murphy said the boxes of books are like a box of chocolate.

“You never know what you are going to find,” she said. “We’ve found first editions and autographed books. When we open those boxes, we just go bazaar because you never know what you are going to get.”

Murphy turned over the reins to current president John Rabalais after a 10-year tenure, although she still plays an integral role in the library system.

“We help the library,” she said. “We help promote the library and any money we raise from the book sale goes back into the library for their needs. Whether it is books, furniture, computer games, etc.”

Past president Ann Murphy, left, and current president John Rabalais, right, are hosting the annual Friends of the Nederland Library Book Sale, March 3-7 at the Marion and Ed Hughes Public Library. (Cassandra Jenkins/The News)

Rabalais and Murphy said their efforts help save the library and city budget by adding to their existing funds.

“We want to help support the library,” Rabalais said. “They only have so much money in the budget and they have mandatory bills they pay. We help give them things that their budget may not allow them.”

The book sale is one of their major fundraisers.

“There’s novels, historical, religious, autobiography, trade books, cookbooks — there’s just a gambit,” Rabalais said. “We have fictional, non-fictional, children’s, you never know what you will get.”

Books are sold between 25 cents and $1.

Rabalais said previous customers have arrived at the book sale with a notebook and a checklist as a way to hunt for titles and authors they want to read.

Ann Murphy sorts through a stack of boxes for next week’s book sale.

“We have a good variety of books,” he said. “Just tell us what you are looking for and we will find it. We have large print, paperback and we may even have audio books. There is something for everybody.”

Murphy and Rabalais said they want to encourage the community to come out, enjoy a good read and shop an unbeatable sale.

“Come out,” Murphy said. “We have just about everything!”

Anyone who wants to join Friends of the Nederland Library is welcome to attend their monthly meetings at Marion and Ed Hughes Public Library every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Annual membership fee is $7.

The book sale is open to the public at the Marion and Ed Hughes Library, 2712 Nederland Ave., March 3-6 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.