To the Editor:
The Friends of the Crystal Lake Library (FOCLL) must sadly announce the suspension of our annual used book sale.
Seven years ago, with the library under pressure to maximize collection and personnel space, our book sale storage area was eliminated and sale floor space reduced.
Our largest fundraiser and “literary recycling” effort needed a new venue. FOCLL member Maggie Sprenger (Maggie’s Irish Imports), appealed to Crystal Lake Plaza owner Thomas Eilers for possible donation of an unleased storefront. He generously agreed, and the Plaza and FOCLL have enjoyed a successful seven-year partnership.
Recently, Crystal Lake Plaza has seen an upsurge in leasing activity and FOCLL was asked to vacate for a paying tenant.
After carefully considering the logistics of locating and operating another off-site sale, we have decided to suspend used book sales until an expanded library facility offers space and storage to resume. The Friends of the Crystal Lake Library will remain viable through our other planned fundraisers, with the goal of helping to support the library’s wide variety of special programs and projects for children, teens and adults,
As FOCLL closes this chapter, we wish to publicly acknowledge the generosity of the Eilers family, our used booksale “site patrons.”
Also, thank you with sincere affection to the many enthusiastic volunteers, consistent donors and loyal customers who, over seven years, have truly become our friends.
Former Used Book Sale Chair, FOCLL