For the past 25 years, the Rose Mary Roberts Library in Treasure Cay has organized an annual Book Sale and Yard Sale. This year the fundraisers were held on March 7.
According to Ellen Kuhnle, head librarian, the fundraisers allow funds to be raised for the library and the community of Treasure Cay, and many have come to look forward to the events over the years.
“Every year, the big fundraiser for the year is the Yard Sale,” Kuhnle explained. “People give donations throughout the year, we set up tables and other people in the community set up booths and sell things, too.”
Between the Book Sale and Yard Sale for the library, she was pleased to share that the response had been great. In addition to books, there was also a large donation of furniture and clothing, which were popular among shoppers.
“It was great – it really was. We ended up this year with so many donations of books that we’re going to have a lot left over,” she observed.
In that case, Kuhnle said books that are left over are donated to other organizations or communities.
“A lot of times the ones that have sat on our sale booth for a couple of years are given to the Cancer Society, and we’ve also been sending them out to schools and other libraries in the Abacos too, so it’s not just for this library.
“This community is giving out to the other communities.”
During the winter, the Rose Mary Roberts Library is open five days a week from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and during the summer when it’s a slower period, the library opens two days a week. Kuhnle said that many of the library’s members are Bahamians as well as second-homeowners who access the library.