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Judy Hammen

Herald Staff Writer

Friends of the Library President Judy Hammen, 69, of Clinton, encourages people to attend the organization’s book sale next week.

Born and raised in Clinton, Judy has lived in the community most of her life. More than 10 years ago, Judy joined the Friends of the Library. She has been the organization’s president for almost five years.

Judy has always been an avid reader and uses the library a lot. She would go to the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale before she joined the group. She decided to join the organization because she felt they do good work in helping to support the library.

The Friends of the Library donates money that the group raises to the library to purchase items that the library could not afford in its budget. The group paid for some of the summer reading program. The Friends of the Library also donated $1,500 this year for the river share program. The annual book sale is the group’s only fundraiser, though the members are always looking for more ideas.

The annual book sale is usually held in early fall. However, this year the event is a bit more rushed. Until Monday, Oct. 10, the group did not have a location to hold the sale. Since March, Judy has looked for a location, talking to 80 people and organizations.

It was not until a friend was able to get the phone number for Al Miskowiec, owner of Mississippi Valley Athletic Center, that they found a place. Miskowiec will allow them to use the old Elijah Buell Elementary School building.

Many Friends of the Library members have sorted the books for months at the old Toyota building with the Sawmill Museum’s permission. Judy said a core group of 20 members have loaded up and moved the books into the old school. A total of 10 rooms, including the gymnasium are filled with books. The various genres are separated into different rooms. Judy said there is a lot of work to get done in a short period of time.

“But everything gets done and it will be done,” said Judy.

The book sale will begin Wednesday from 5  to 8 p.m. This night will only be available for paid members of the Friends of the Library.

Sale times will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, people will be able to fill a standard size box for $3.

Judy wanted to thank everyone who has worked to make the sale possible. She thanked the Sawmill Museum for allowing them to use the old Toyota building for book storage and sorting, Miskowiec for use of the old school building and Community Care and Community services for their help.

She wanted to give special thanks to Jim and MaryBeth Carey and Jack and Joan Pringle, as well as all of the Friends of the Library.

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