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Waccamaw Library: Book sale helps launch fund drive

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Book lovers at this year’s annual Friends of the Waccamaw Library book sale beginning today for members will get a glimpse of the future and an opportunity to help bring it to reality.

One corner of the community room at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church has been designated as a launch site for the Library Center – Waccamaw’s Five Bs Campaign, a fundraising effort aimed at providing books, bytes, bricks, bushes and benches for the new 17,000-square foot library on Willbrook Boulevard.

Jean Cross, who co-chairs the fundraising effort, said the community has an opportunity to help shape the new library.

“The Waccamaw Neck is a melting pot, peopled with residents who have settled here from all over the nation,” she said. “They come from places where libraries are fully funded and places where communities paid for the library from the ground up. We have the best of both worlds: a beautiful new, county-funded building that we can help enhance and choose what those enhancements will be.”

Committee members and library advocates are working toward a goal of $130,000 for library enhancements.

“With the Five Bs campaign, you can choose the element that means the most to you,” said Ted Hiley, who chairs the effort with Cross. “Right now, we’re especially interested in taking orders for engraved bricks. They will be used in a library herb garden and around the new flagpole. Not only will they beautify our exterior, they’ll show future generations the community support that built this site.”

The other Bs:

Books: A shelf of reading materials costs $350. In the new library, the children’s department alone is 70 percent larger.

Bushes and benches: Creative landscaping is planned to help make the library inviting and extend its usable space outdoors.

Bytes: Technology is important to a leading edge library, said Dwight McInvaill, director of the county library system. “This is how we’ll fund public use computers, special function software, ultramodern projection systems, computer compatible whiteboards and wireless access throughout.”

For more information on the Five B’s campaign, call 843-979-0561 or e-mail TLCWaccamaw@gmail.com.

Gems among the paperbacks and hardcovers

There are some gems among the thousands of books lining tables in the community room at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church for the annual Friends of the Waccamaw Library book sale.

Friends members will get the first shot at them today from 6 to 8 p.m. with the sale opening to the public Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

“We’re all excited,” said Roz Breit, book sale chairman, as a dozen volunteers were squeezing more books into rows on Tuesday. “We’re tweaking, moving things around. We want to make sure the most recent things are out.”

The sale provides up to $12,000 for the children’s library program at the Waccamaw branch of the Georgetown County Public Library.

Breit said this year’s sale offers a good number of books on the Civil War and World War II. Civil War offerings have their own table and include books by historian Shelby Foote and the 1982 Pulitzer Prize winner for history, “Mary Chesnut’s Civil War” by C. Vann Woodward.

Breit said there will also be a selection of over 70 art books — many on watercolors — with Southern history and children’s books also offering a wide variety.

Kathy Gamet, president of the Friends of the Waccamaw Library, is in charge of the children’s corner and was making the presentation more “kid friendly” by putting colorful fabric on the tables on Tuesday.

Science fiction, fantasy and horror books make up another strong segment of this year’s sale. Breit said a collector gave the Friends so many copies from his collection they had to have their own section.

There’s a good selection of movies on DVD’s and music on CD’s, Breit added, along with a table titled “Old Books” that might interest collectors. Among the oldies is an “Audubon Bird Guide”, “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert, “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel DeFoe, and “Hard Times, An Oral History of the Great Depression” by Studs Terkel.

People are ridding themselves of dictionaries and thesauruses, and the book sale is the beneficiary. There are even Spanish-to-English and Chinese-to-English dictionaries.

Cookbooks run the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous. There’s a leather-bound copy of the “Fanny Farmer 1896 Cookbook” among the offerings that include “Wine for Dummies” and mavens Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray and the disgraced Paula Deen.

Coffee table books for $5 are not likely to last. The selection is weighted toward art with some natural history and one titled “Palmetto Portraits” that’s likely to catch someone’s eye.

Biographies and autobiographies line one wall in the community room. Presidents from John Adams to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are available along with books on celebrities who continue to occupy the national consciousness like Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Mantle.

There are large numbers of like-new books by best-selling authors available: 54 by Clive Cussler, 46 by Stuart Woods, 36 by John Grisham, 27 by Nora Roberts or her pseudonym J.D. Robb, 26 by Robert Ludlum, 25 by Danielle Steel, 15 by Tom Clancy and 10 by Anne Rivers Siddons.

The Friends are conducting a silent auction on three selected books, including:

• “Magic Time” signed by Doug Marlette: A Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist and creator of the “Kuduz” comic strip, Marlette published his second novel, “Magic Time”, in 2006, a year before his untimely death in an automobile accident.

• “Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green”: This coffee table book has been signed by the South Carolina artist.

• “The Last of the Mohicans” by James Fenimore Cooper: This collector’s edition is bound in leather by The Eaton Press and illustrated by Edward A. Wilson.

The auction will begin today at 6 p.m. and close on Friday at 2 p.m. The bids will start at $10. [E-Mail Article To a Friend]

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