11-06 ReRead room

Mary White of Lakeview, a member of Friends of the Lake County Library, models the new ReRead Room book bag.

Sally Fitzgerald, a member of Friends of the Lake County Library, has been working for months to create new book bags to sell in the ReRead Room inside the Main Library in Lakeview.

Featuring Lake County’s own Re-Reading Cowgirl logo in dark sage on black, the bag zips shut, has an outside zippered pocket plus two bottle-holding pockets, is water-resistant, and can be used as a purse or shoulder bag. The price per bag is $20. All proceeds go toward buying new books for the Lake County Library collection.

The ReRead Room is open during library business hours and maintained by the Friends of the Library. As the name suggests, the books for sale are mostly not new. Friends’ members Pat Patla and Kay Peterson make sure that the books are high quality, well organized and nicely displayed.

They also frequently have sales, marking those books with special colored dots.

Started in 2012, the bookstore’s first home was in donated space across from the Courthouse. Staffed by volunteers, it was open only during limited hours. When the new library was being designed, a special room was set aside for the store. In its current home, the ReRead Room runs on the honor system and patrons pay by putting money in a lock box. For several years, income was limited.

But when an antique pickle fork turned up in the lock box, it was clear that someone had been helping themselves to receipts. With the installation of a pickle-fork-proof lock and security cameras, income jumped and has remained steady the past few years.

The ReRead Room earns the Friends of the Library about $300-400 per month, all of which goes toward the purchase of new books for the entire county to enjoy as part of the county library collection.

To purchase a book bag (or a nice used book), go to the Main Library, 513 Center St. in Lakeview.

New hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To become a member of Friends of Lake County Library or for more information, call the library at 541-947-6019.

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