Annual Used Book Sale May 2

Friends of the Wake Forest Library Accepting Book Sale Donations Through April 20

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Looking for a new book or two to read? Self-help? Cookbook? History? Novels? Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 2, when the Friends of the Wake Forest Library’s annual used book sale. The sale will coincide with the annual Meet in the Street event in Historic Downtown Wake Forest.

The sale will be held at the Ledford Center, 120 South Wingate, on the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Members of the Friends of the Wake Forest Library are invited to begin shopping at 8 a.m., and everyone else is welcome to shop beginning an hour later until 3:30 p.m.

Not a member? Memberships will be available at the door beginning at 8 a.m. Cash or checks only will be accepted for all memberships and purchases.

“The book sale has always been the Friends’ main fundraiser,” said Friends’ President Kathleen Ross. “With the community’s support, the Friends have been able to augment the wonderful programs and assets of the Wake Forest Library by funding items from electronics to furniture.”

If, on the other hand, you have no use for some of the books you have around the house, the Friends will gladly accept your donations through April 20. There are 15 sites around town set up as book drops. The Friends are looking for donations of hardcover and paperback books that are recently published and in good condition. CDs and DVDs that are playable and in good condition are also accepted. Textbooks and magazines will not be accepted.

The Friends are also seeking volunteers to collect, receive and sort donations. Donation bins are set up in these convenient locations:

Friends of the Wake Forest Library* In Heritage: Walgreens and Town & Country Hardware.

*Downtown Wake Forest: Northern Wake Senior Center, The Wake Weekly newspaper, North Carolina General Store, Wake Forest Coffee Company, The Cotton Company, and Wake Forest Farmers’ Market (Saturdays only).

*South Main Street: O2 Fitness and Wake Tire and Service.

*Other Locations: North Wake Mini Storage (Ligon Mill Road), Flaherty Park Rec Center, State Employee Credit Union (Jenkins Road), Lowe’s Foods (Capital Blvd.), and Rex Wellness Center at Wakefield (from 3/11 to 3/25 only).

“The book sale is a Wake Forest tradition,” Ross said. “It’s kind of neat to be a part of a community tradition. Of course, it’s good bit of work, too, but it’s for a great purpose. I believe public libraries are an essential part of a free and strong society.”

Because this is an event to help support the Wake Forest Library, the branch library will not be able to accept donations for this program.

The Friends of the Wake Forest Library is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group composed of local citizens who believe in, support and champion the community library in the Town of Wake Forest. The Friends join with the library in supporting the mission of the Wake County Public Libraries, which is to promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge.

The group raises funds to enhance the Wake Forest Library’s facility and program of service, promotes awareness within the community of the library’s services and programs, encourages gifts and contributions to the library, and advocates for the library.

For more information about volunteering for, donating to, or attending the used book sale, go to or email