Library gears up to sell thousands of books


Last Updated on November 22, 2015 – 7:01 PM CST


Above: About 11,000 books will go on sale at the Killgore Memorial Library’s book sale Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at the Moore County Community Building.

Make room on your bookshelves. At least 11,000 books will go on sale at the Killgore Memorial’s Book sale Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, giving everyone a chance to stock up on winter reading material and help the library at the same time.

The proceeds from the book sale will have to go into the Moore County’s general fund, but County Attorney Scott Higginbotham told the commissioners at a recent meeting the library could request the funds. The nonprofit Friends of the Library used to hold the book sales, and they would distribute the proceeds. But the group recently disbanded, and the library has taken up the project. The books that will be sold come from donations and the periodic clearing of the library’s bookshelves of outdated books.

“We especially look at the nonfiction books when we’re weeding the library,” Library Director Deborah Skinner said. “The Texas State Library Association has some guidelines we follow because we don’t want outdated nonfiction books in circulation. We also keep track of what’s not being checked out. Those books might be removed and put in the book sale.”

The sale will be held at the Moore County Community Building from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days, but readers also can buy books throughout the year at the library.

“We keep several shelves of books in the entry for sale,” Skinner said. “We hope the commissioners will consider giving us the money from all the sales because the library is so important to many people. Some people can’t afford a home computer, so they come here to use ours. We have students who do research on them, and we have waiting lists for many of our books. The library, and especially the Cactus branch, gets a lot of traffic.”

For information about the book sale or to donate books, call the library at 806-935-4941.