Friends of Sheppard Memorial Library Host 31st Annual Used Book Sale | East Carolina

The Friends of the Sheppard Memorial Library (SML) held their 31st Annual Used Book Sale March 3-6 at the Greenville Convention Center, located at 303 SW Greenville Blvd.

The book sale allows community members to sell and buy used books at a discounted price. The book sale started on March 3 and was reserved for members of the Friends of SML.

The general public could attend from March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., March 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and March 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. $5 bag,” where they can bring their own reusable bag and fill it with books.

Sheppard Memorial Library director Greg Needham said it was a great opportunity for members of the Greenville community to explore their love for books. Needham said he had been director of the library for 25 years.

“Our Friends volunteers devote countless hours of selfless time and labor sorting through books and planning, preparing and selling their books each year,” Needham said. “The results benefit the whole community by providing great pre-sorted books at the best prices ever to get more books to people.”

Friends of SML is a membership group open to the public. Members participate in library events and fundraisers that ultimately support the public library. In the past, the Friends have held book sales, programs and discussion series, according to the Sheppard Memorial Library website.

Friends of SML member and avid reader Erin Tyburski said it was her first time participating in the book sale. She said she is a kindergarten to grade five teacher at Lake Forest Elementary School.

Tyburski said she enjoys reading non-fiction books and books about social issues. During the book sale, she was looking for books for her personal enjoyment but also to fill her class.

“I started using the library (Sheppard Memorial Public Library) right before COVID because I had so many books at home,” Tyburski said. “I saw online that they had some awesome books, so I started going there regularly and found this (the book sale) and here I am, at my first book sale.”

Tyburski said she thought selling books was beneficial because it allowed her to fill her class with books. She said it also brings people in the community together.

Greenville resident Leigh Martin said she is passionate about books, writing and all things language. She said she was a published author, an English tutor and an employee of the Sheppard Memorial Public Library.

Martin said she is partially deaf and has struggled with phonetics all her life. She knows sign language and English. She said she didn’t live long in Greenville, but attended the book sale to show her support for the Greenville community and the Sheppard Memorial Public Library.

“I walked in and had the biggest smile on my face to see all the support for the library and the community,” Martin said. “So many people are interested in literature and want to read.”

Martin said she was from a small town in western North Carolina. She said today was her first time at the Greenville Convention Center book sale and she was pleased with the selection of books.

Martin said she likes a lot of different literary genres, but tends to like books with serious and dark themes. His favorite book is tied between “The Hunger Games” written by Suzanne Collins and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” written by JK Rowling.

“There’s something for everyone here,” Martin said. “I’m a very bubbly person, but I tell people I like depressing things.”

Greenville resident Lucy Schmidt was also present. Schmidt is a 14-year-old high school student at a private school in the Greenville area. She said she discovered book selling because her mother was a member of the Friends of the Sheppard Memorial Library committee.

Schmidt has said that her favorite literary genre is mystery, and that she loves all things fiction. She read a lot when she was little because she felt lonely when she was a child and continues to read now. She chose books that were reduced to 50 cents each.

“An event like this brings the community together,” Schmidt said. “It’s nice to read because you get a sense of other worlds.”