Friends closer to realizing dream of new Waccamaw Neck library
Bibliophiles will be making their annual pilgrimage to Pawleys Island this week to stock up at the Friends of the Waccamaw Library book sale.
There are approximately 9,000 books for sale this year, along with a limited number of CDs and DVDs.
Along with stocking their own shelves, buyers can help stock the shelves of the new Library Center – Waccamaw, which is scheduled to open in October 2014.
The Friends will be accepting donations to purchase books as part of a “Five Bs and Beyond” campaign. The other four Bs are bricks, bytes, bushes and benches. Donors can buy brick pavers for the new facility’s walkway; sponsor a bench; pay for parts of the landscaping or technology such as computers and games.
Fundraising for the new library is going “pretty well,” said Jean Cross, co-chair of the fundraising committee. The Friends have raised nearly $200,000 to augment the $3.185 million from Georgetown County.
The Friends have been planning for a new library for 17 years.
“We really are excited because we really are getting closer to seeing the new library become a reality,” Cross said.
The new 17,000-square-foot facility in Litchfield will replace the current 7,000-square-foot branch in Pawleys Island.
The Georgetown County Library Board will take one more look at the final plans on July 25, and then the plans will go to Georgetown County Council for approval.
The county broke ground on the new facility in March and “Request for Proposals” from contractors are expected to go out on Aug. 13 and be opened and reviewed on Sept. 10.
Cross expects site work to start on Oct. 2.
Along with the “Five Bs” campaign, the Friends began hosting dinner fundraisers last year that were an immediate success. In most cases, the dinners, catered by Jeff Tuttle of Carefree Catering, were sold out.
The next event will be a New England Fish Fest on July 30 at the Litchfield By The Sea Beach House. Cost is $37.50 per person. There are also plans for a Harvest Fest in early November. For more information call Pat Robson at 843-237-8859.
The annual book sale kicks off Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church for members of the Friends only.
Traditionally, Friends members purchase about half of the available books on the first night of the sale.
People who are not Friends members can join at the door and shop Thursday night.
Tax-deductible memberships are $2 for kids, $10 for adults, and $20 for families.
Hardcover books are $3 each or two for $5; DVDs are $2; trade paperbacks are $1.50; CDs are $1; paperbacks are 75 cents; and puzzles are 25 cents.
There will also be a selection of oversized and coffee table books that will be priced as marked.
The sale is open to the public Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
There will also be a silent auction for autographed copies of “Magic Time” by Doug Marlette and “Gullah Images – The Art of Jonathan Green,” and a special edition of James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans.”
This is the last year that proceeds from the book sale will fund the children’s librarian. Since the new facility will be open during Fiscal Year 2014, the librarian’s salary will be including in the county’s budget.
To keep up with the new library or Friends of the Waccamaw Library events, go to www.thefowl.org or “like” the group on Facebook.
By Chris Sokoloski
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