It was nearly two weeks ago that the Friends of the Crawford Library held their annual "cabin fever" book sale in the community room of the Crawford Town Hall. It is normally held the last Friday and Saturday of January.
Its purpose is to give patrons the opportunity to own their own quality books and audiovisual materials at bargain prices as well as to raise funds for the new year to purchase miscellaneous supplies, special equipment and furnishings for the Crawford Library — items for which library district funding would not normally provide. The "friends" also fund special events and additional books and audiovisual materials for the library as may be requested or donated.
As may be correctly assumed, collecting, sorting, storing and setting up approximately 10,000 books for the annual book sale involves a lot of time and effort on the part of the "friends" members throughout the year. However, there is one aspect of the Crawford community effort that seems to get overlooked all too often and that is the very much appreciated help that we receive each year from a group of trusted "offenders" from the Delta Correctional Facility. Six to eight of these men and their supervisor arrive at nine o'clock in the morning to help us unload a horse trailer full of nearly 200 boxes of books that we haul from our storage facility to the town hall. After unloading the boxes into the hall, the men then pitch in to help set up the books in a room full of tables in the community room. They usually spend a full three hours from 9 a.m. until noon diligently performing vital tasks, including organizing the books on the tables into a multitude of categories, enabling us to have everything in order and prepared for the opening of the sale at 4 p.m.
This year, the men, under the attentive supervision of Lt. Rick Williams, did an excellent job of unloading and setup of the books. And, as they always have been in past years, they were very polite and cheerful in the performing of their labors and their contact with all of us who worked alongside them. It has always been a pleasure to work with these men who are such a big help to us, especially in some of the more heavy-lifting and book-sorting aspects of preparing for our book sale which, by the way, did quite well again this year.
These "service teams" of men from the correctional facility provide not only the outdoor maintenance projects we see along the highways, but are available for other kinds of service throughout our area. We should be not only aware but also appreciative of this valuable community asset. And, of course, it is a double win in that while the offenders provide valuable labor and services for us, they are receiving an earned opportunity for a break in the undoubtedly monotonous prison routines and confinement. Our heartfelt thanks go out to them and their correctional officers, Lt. Duane Spence, who oversees the program, and Lt. Rick Williams, who supervised our service team this year at the book sale. Their program is one that is well worth utilizing should a community organization have an appropriate need.
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Book Sale 2014