"Friends" is a charitable volunteer organization affiliated with Rodman Public Library in Alliance, Ohio. Each year the group organizes and operates a used book sale for the purpose of raising funds to supplement library programs. The sale runs during Carnation Festival Week. However, the work of collecting and organizing the books, magazines, and media materials is a year-long operation.
Thanks to the efforts of Book Sale Chairman, Barb Burley and hundreds of volunteer workers, the annual used Book Sale raises money for Library projects.
The revenue from the sale (in excess of $10,000 per year) has been used to sponsor child, teen, and adult summer reading programs, library travel and book reviews, community Christmas tree and ceremony, Alliance Memory project, purchase of media equipment such as computers and projectors, etc.
In addition,the Friends' generous donation each year has made it possible for Rodman Library to participate in planning and underwriting the One Book, One Community project.
Shoppers at Buck-a-Bag
Memberships are also available during the Book Sale.
The many hours of volunteer labor in sorting books and magazines (a year-round job) and in getting the books to the sale tables is a tribute to the Friends.