Spring Cleaning

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. Nothing else gives such a sense of accomplishment like a thorough spring-cleaning. We compulsively wash and scrub, vacuum and dust, polish and shine, tidy and organize. Where did this custom originate? Some trace the origin of spring-cleaning to the Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house”. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from furniture to fixtures. Another possible origin of spring-cleaning dates to the ancient Jewish practice of cleansing the home in anticipation of the important springtime festival of Passover. Whatever its origin, spring-cleaning is a practice that’s been adopted wholeheartedly by households everywhere.

At the library, we always know when spring-cleaning has begun, because people arrive at our door with boxes and bags of books to donate. The boxes and bags are full of books that the children have grown too old to read, bestsellers that have lost their appeal, paperbacks that no longer fit on the shelf or videos that no one wants to watch. We welcome these donations, because they are just in time for our annual Friends Spring Book Sale.

We are fortunate that our Friends of the Library host two sales each year – one in the Fall and the other in the Spring. Both events are important sources of income for the library. We depend on these book sales to help defray expenses. Funds are used to purchase museum and zoo passes and support our children’s summer reading program. Our Friends work many long hours to organize, sort and sell hundreds of items for each sale.

Generous donations are the key to a successful book sale. So now is the time to clean out that closet, organize those shelves and free yourself of excess clutter. The library happily accepts books, compact discs, videos, audiobooks, children’s books and paperbacks for the sale. Consider donating your items for this worthy cause. There are several reasons you should.

Book sales are a bargain. Library book sales make ownership of books affordable to everyone. You can spend a lot of money or spend a little money, and still go home with a bag full of books. Book sales promote recycling – much better for someone else to read the book than to discard it completely. Book sales promote a sense of community. By donating your items, you become part of the larger effort to support library service in our community. And finally, book sales are fun.  You never know what you’ll find – a new bestseller, an old favorite from your childhood, or a book long out of print.

Once your spring-cleaning is underway, remember the library. We’ll gladly accept those gently used items that you’re clearing-out or tidying away. The Friends’ of the Library Annual Spring Book Sale is on Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th. Doors open at 10:00. For more information, contact the library at 508.823.1344.

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