FOSCL preparing for annual summer book sale

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) will be hosting their semi-annual book sale in August to support programming at the South Coastal Library. The sale features all types of books — from children to teens, non-fiction, fiction, cooking, gardening and more.

“[It’s] everything you can imagine,” said Lora Caputo, co-chair of the book sale. “We also will have CDs, all types of music, and DVDs, movies, travel, etc.”

Caputo said books range in price from 50 cents for small paperbacks, children’s books and videos, to $1 for large paperbacks and $2 for DVDs and hardcover books. She noted that sets of books, DVDs and CDs cost slightly more.

The sale will be held Thursday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Caputo said everyone should attend the sale to find a hidden treasure to take home.

“There is something for people from 1 to 100!”

FOSCL has helped monetarily support library programs through its summer and winter book sales, as well as its annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, which will be held July 22 and 23.

The monies raised through their annual fundraising efforts help the library purchase audio books, in CD and MP3 formats, through annual contracts. They also help fund the?Peek-A-Book kiosk for the children’s room, which “reads” award-winning titles to children, and then encourages them to check out the books and related titles.

The funds also support the library’s in-house access to through the library’s computers; monthly Book Page Reviews; newspapers that highlight the latest titles, trends and new authors; and fund the McNaughton Books contract, which provides extra copies of new and bestselling titles.

Sue Keefe, director of the South Coastal Library, said the funds also help purchase Advanced Workstations for Literacy, PCs for the children’s room.

“They learn without knowing that’s what is happening, through music, math, history, even early literacy exercises, like learning the alphabet.”

FOSCL funds almost all of the library’s events and classes, year-round.

“If you’ve enjoyed a history lecture, taken a jewelry class, brought your children and teens to a program at the library, there’s an excellent chance that FOSCL funded it,” said Keefe.

She added that having such an active friends group has benefited the library, and subsequently the community as a whole.

“There is never enough ‘budget’ to do all the things that the library wants to do for its community. We are very fortunate to have an excellent, hard-working Friends group to help us provide cultural and educational events/classes, which are in high demand in our community.

“And the tighter that financial times become, the more the community needs the library — to use computers to learn new skills and apply for jobs, to borrow books, audios and videos, rather than buying them, and to enjoy all the classes, events and lectures that are provided free of charge to the public,” she noted.

“Anne Herbert summed it up best when she said, ‘Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.’ Whether a parent is depending on us to help create a love of literacy for their youngest readers, or someone needs access to computers to find work, or a person is looking for that special title ‘just’ to have a good afternoon read, the library is the only public place this can all happen for the individual.”

Those who wish to contribute to the sale may donate gently used books that are no more than 10 years old, as well as other types of media. Donations can be dropped off at the South Coastal Library during regular library hours. Donations of encyclopedias and textbooks cannot be accepted.

Caputo said the community has strongly supported them throughout the years, and she hopes it will continue to stand behind such a worthy cause.

“The community’s response is wonderful! People look forward to this sale for months in advance. On the first day of the sale, we will have people lined up for quite some time, waiting for the doors to open. At times, it is hard to find a parking space! That’s a good thing.”

For more information on the Friends of the South Coastal Library, visit The South Coastal Library’s address is 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach, and it can be reached by calling (302) 539-5231. For more information or to register for any of the reading programs, visit