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Community: Library friends ready to get busy

July 24, 2013|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Artist Jennifer Bentson, of Glendale, received Second Place Best of Show for her work titled "13,000 Year-Old Oak Clings to Rocks" in the Summer Art Exhibition at the Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery.
Artist Jennifer Bentson, of Glendale, received Second… (Glendale News Press )

Elise Kalfayan plans to create a higher profile of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library in her second term as president.

Since 1990, the Friends have raised more than $750,000 in support of library services and materials. The group also promotes programs, volunteer activities and fundraising for the needs of all the branches in the Glendale community.

One of the priorities this year is increasing the donated book sales, Kalfayan said.

The Friends group plans to do more outreach to inform people of the monthly "dock sales" that are from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month on the loading dock at the rear of Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St.

"We also will be promoting our Amazon.com page, where we sell online those high-value books that are donated to us," she said.

The Friends will also concentrate on raising awareness of the Book Nook at the Central Library, where gently used books that are donated by the public are resold at prices ranging from 50 cents to $7. Most are in the $2-to-$3 range.

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With more promotion in the community, Kalfayan hopes to move the inventory off the shelves more quickly, she said.

The Book Nook has more than 500 books that span the categories of nonfiction, inspirational, children's books, popular fiction, history and recent text books.

There are bargain books that are sold on red-tag shelves at all Glendale branches and those are books that don't necessarily merit room on the Book Nook shelves, but people might still be interested in buying. They range from 50 cents to $1.

The second thing the Friends will be concentrating on this year is updating the group's website, Kalfayan said.

"Part of that is to make it easier for people to find information about our book sales because they are our fundraisers," she said. "We also will be letting people know how to join the Friends as members and learn about our events."

This past year the, the Friends sponsored more than 20 authors, artists and events. One of the more recent ones featured Mark Geragos and drew a large crowd.

Glendale artist's oak painting honored

Jennifer Bentson of Glendale received second place in Best of Show at the San Fernando Valley Art Club Summer Exhibition continuing through Thursday at the Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery, 1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank.

Another Glendale resident, Candyce Wagner-Binzley, received an honorable mention for her painting titled "Giverny."

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