Love My Library Day in Caroll Gardens

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Article and photo by Lilly Frances, Carroll Gardens Patch

Originally posted May 15, 2011 on Carroll Gardens Patch.

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Friends of Carroll Gardens book sale draws hundreds of visitors.

The Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library hosted their first-ever book sale on "Love My Library Day" Saturday [May 14, 2011], and hundreds of readers big and small flocked to buy books at a discount, enjoy baked goods and support the Friends' efforts. The sale was held in the downstairs space of the library.

A performance by Karen K and the Jitterbugs started things off at 10 a.m., and guest readers included local author Emily Jenkins, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Cobble Hill Playgroup director Carol Troha and author and local resident Mari Takabayashi.

A bake sale featured tasty treats for $1 each, and a silent auction took place as well.

Friends of the Library president Nina Guralnick formed the group about two months ago along with other local residents to support the library. She says their goals are to expand programming and support basic needs.

"We are very lucky to have this beautiful building in our neighborhood," said Guralnick. "We want to connect the library more with the neighborhood and try to start doing more community events, more cultural events... we have all this great space, and we think that we can utilize it."

The sale drew hundreds, and thousands of books were sold - an excellent turnout, according to Tamar Smith, Friends of the Library secretary. The goal, however, was "not only to fundraise, but to bring people to the library branch, to show them the space and to encourage involvement in the library," said Smith. "We've given out information about the Brooklyn Public Library, about the Friends group, petition against budget cuts... it was a community building activity as well as fundraising."

"We believe strongly in public libraries as a resource for our community, and we wanted to do anything we could to help it," said Aubrey Mayo, a visitor to the book sale.

"It was a great day," she said. "My daughter listened to stories, I got four books for ten dollars, and ate a cupcake. What more can you ask for?"