Ribbon Cutting for New Book Store at Cumming Library


Dozens of book lovers and library patrons joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the FCPL Friends & Advocates Book Store at the Cumming Library.

Paula Glover opened the ceremony by welcoming patrons, Library staff, and volunteers from the organization. Then, FCPL Friends & Advocates President Jennifer Dugan recognized the organization’s Board of Directors and thanked the Library staff for helping to make the Book Store a reality.

Library Director Jon McDaniel spoke about the support the Friends have provided for the Library since 1996 when the Forsyth County Public Library became independent from the Lake Lanier Regional Library System. McDaniel explained that state law requires that any books no longer in demand at the Library be sold at public sale. The Friends play a key role in helping the Library sell those materials so they can be replaced with new or updated materials that patrons need and want.

Since its inception, the Friends have contributed nearly $100,000 to the Library in support of materials purchases and expanded programming. Donated funds have been used to support Youth Services efforts, particularly the Summer Reading Club, specialized furniture, digital and audio-visual equipment, and sponsorship of the Library’s championship-winning spelling bee team, added McDaniel.

Ramona Stoner, Treasurer of the FCPL Friends & Advocates, spoke about why the organization believes so strongly in its mission to support the Library. She explained that libraries are an integral part of our community, serving as a hub for information and communications by providing Internet access and a safe place for children and teens to complete homework and research for special projects. Stoner also recognized and thanked the organization’s core group of volunteers that continually pick up donated materials, haul boxes of books, sort and restock inventory, as well as staff the Book Store.

“We love our volunteers and truly appreciate their support. If you want to get involved, volunteering in the Book Store is a perfect way to start,” said Stoner.

The Book Store has been open for about three weeks and has already generated nearly $1000 in sales. Today, FCPL Friends & Advocates Vice President Nancy Yanasak and her daughter, Nadia, cut the ribbon to mark the official grand opening of the Book Store. Immediately, several patrons entered the store to browse and share in the excitement of finding a great book at a great price.

Start Shopping

The Book Store is located in the children’s section of the Cumming Library and is open during the normal Library business hours. The Book Store is staffed on most days by FCPL Friends & Advocates volunteers. When no volunteer is on duty, patrons may complete their purchases at the Library Information Desk.

The Book Store includes a wide selection of children’s literature, adult fiction and non-fiction, and several collectible sets or items. Prices range from $0.50 for paperback books to $1 and up for hard covers and specialty items.

Volunteers Needed

FCPL Friends & Advocates are always ready to welcome new members and volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering to staff the Book Store or seasonal Book Sales should visit ForsythFOL.org and click the Volunteer button to sign up and be notified of volunteer opportunities.

Spring Book Sale

The organization’s next seasonal Book Sale will be held at the Cumming Library in March. The Member Preview Sale will be held Friday, March 23 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The Book Sale will be open to the public on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, March 25 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. The Book Store will be closed during Sale hours.

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