Book sale raises money for new library in Holts Summit

1 month 15 hours 32 minutes ago Saturday, February 16 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Saturday, February 16, 2019 7:30:00 PM CST February 16, 2019 in Continuous News
By: Natalie Sopyla, KOMU 8 Reporter

HOLTS SUMMIT - A book sale Saturday raised money for a new public library.

The Holts Summit Community Empowerment Foundation hosted the used book sale at the Holts Summit Plaza on West Simon Boulevard.

The foundation received donations of thousands of books from all different genres. Hardbacks cost $3 and paperbacks cost $1. Customers could also buy books by the case.

Lynne Bateman, the treasurer of the Holts Summit Community Empowerment Foundation, said this all started because of the city's apparent interest in books.

"The bookmobile has always been coming to Holts Summit, and it seems to be used quite a bit. There's also been lockers at city hall," she said. "It just seems that people in Holts Summit would like a library."

Bateman said the foundation had the idea to open a public library about a year ago. It reached out to the Daniel Boone and Callaway County library with the idea, but the libraries said the new library would not be able to open for a while.

"They wanted to come here, but they said they couldn't do it for two years," she said. "We wanted them to be able to come as soon as possible."

The foundation began hosting book sales to raise the money, eventually raising enough money to completely renovate a space for the new library. The library's new space is next door to where the book sale is currently held.

Bateman said the foundation is raising money to pay rent for the library for the next two years. Once the library is open, the foundation hopes to convert the space where the book sales are held into a community center.

"We're just raising any kind of funds that we can to help pay for the library," Bateman said. "Past that, we'll see what other fun things we can open in Holts Summit."

The book sale will continue to run Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a preview event for the public library on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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