On The Town:

Residents stock up on book bags

February 24, 2010|By Ruth Sowby

“A once-in-a-lifetime sale!” That’s how Glendale libraries’ Project Manager Carolyn Flemming described the weekend, dollar-a-bag-sale at the Central Library. Those bags could be stuffed with as many books as each would take. Also available for sale were used chairs and tables for $25 each.

But it was the books that dozens of customers wanted as they crowded the library auditorium Saturday and Sunday. They were able to sort through thousands of hardbacks and paperbacks representing nonfiction, fiction, children’s and teens’ books.

Glendale residents Kevin and Jean Lee were accompanied by their 9-month-old daughter, Noelle Lee. The Lee family was looking for children’s books. They found some, judging from their bulging book bag.


Eagle Rock grandparents Norma and Richard Obregon brought their 3-year-old granddaughter, Samantha Rose. Samantha made her own choices of books and kept piling them on the ones Grandma was already carrying. Norma Obregon, juggling two stuffed bags, said her family members were big readers and gave books as gifts to each other. A flier announcing the sale brought her to the library.

Flemming explained that the book sale was the result of “changing the focus of the Chevy Chase library.” That library will now be more family-focused with children’s books and more popular books available to lend.

The weekend’s book sale turned out to be so popular it was extended to Monday. Proceeds will, in part, benefit the Friends of the Glendale Public Library that sponsored the sale.

The already popular, free admission Glendale Noon Concerts at the First Baptist Church of Glendale are becoming more popular.

Dozens of music lovers packed the pews Feb. 17 to listen to the Del Russo Ensemble with chamber music by composer-pianist Bevan Manson from noon to 12:45 p.m. — just enough for a break from work and a quick, $6 takeout lunch on hand from Angela’s Bistro.

Other musicians playing were Catherine Del Russo on oboe and English horn, Glendale resident Alan Busteed on violin, Nancy Roth on viola and Maurice Grants on violoncello.

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