By Greg Ritchie
GRAPELAND – The Grapeland Public Library will once again be hosting a book sale and thrift on Friday and Saturday, September 2-3. The library is located at 106 North Oak Street.
For those who have never visited the Grapeland Library, it truly is one of the most beautiful in the state of Texas – inside and out.
Ashley Corns has been director of the library for 10 years now. She got the job after her husband heard they needed volunteers. One thing leading to another, she largely contributed to the success of the library.
The library is housed in what was once the Methodist Church. Built nearly 100 years ago, patrons can look through the stained glass windows as they find books and films to discover.
“Twenty years ago the Pridgen family opened the library here,” Corns explained. “It’s almost a historic building.”
Libraries across the country have suffered from the same trends as many other businesses. People tend to read less – and they read more online. Libraries in some areas have fallen out of favor as readers and patrons dwindle.
“We still have our reliable customers coming in all the time,” Corns said. “I know what they’re going to pull off the shelf before they walk through the door most of the time. The trend is for libraries to become more technology-based. In our library, we now consult more DVDs than books.
The library has meeting space and a children’s area, as well as an impressive stock of books and films.
The sale of books and jumble sale is a means of financially supporting the library, as well as giving back part of the inventory of books.
The sale is almost more famous than the sale of books. Locals have found great finds over the years.
“We’ll have children’s books, adult books, non-fiction books, Christian books, home decor books – and lots of Christmas stuff. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardbacks are $2. »
The sale will take place on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Greg Ritchie can be contacted at [email protected]