Library hosts "bag sale" fundraiser

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Book lovers are getting a great deal on some favorite reads, all while supporting their local library.

The Grand Island Public Library hosted their annual "bag sale" Sunday to raise money for future programs and renovations. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

The Grand Island Public Library hosted their annual "bag sale" this weekend. People could fill up grocery bags with books of all genres. On Sunday, it cost just $1.

"Book lovers love book lovers," said Ann Martin, a library volunteer. "So talk about birds of a feather. We see a lot of the same people every year. One lady said to me the other day, "oh, I've been waiting and waiting for this book sale. I'm so glad you have this book sale today.""

The library made more than $700 off the sale. All the money will go toward the Grand Island Public Library Foundation. It'll be used for programs like their kid's summer reading program, and renovations to the library.

"We're always trying to raise money, because the money that we raise goes to support these programs," said Kim Mettenbrink, coordinator of the library's Foundation. "It comes in and it goes out. So that's kind of what it's about."

The bag sale ended Sunday, but there are other ways you can support the Foundation.

They'll have t-shirts and mugs for sale at the library. The shirts cost $20 and the mugs cost $10. You can also become a "Friend of the Library" for $25.

The library's next "bag sale" will be in December.