Library Friends must move

Published 12:55 am Saturday, October 22, 2011

After only 10 months at a temporary home, the Friends of the Suffolk Library once again needs a permanent home.

The group has moved all its books to storage and canceled its November sale after the Pruden Hardware building where it had been housed since January was leased to another company, said Lisa Quigley, president of the group.

The Friends of the Suffolk Library takes donations of books and sells them for between 25 cents and $1, depending on the book. Proceeds help support Suffolk Public Libraries programs.

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The group had to vacate its long-held location on East Pinner Street because the building, which used to be owned by the railroad and leased by the group practically for free, was purchased by a nearby business. After a long search, the group landed at the old Pruden Hardware building, which closed a few years ago.

But now, Quigley said, Fastenal has leased that building and the Friends must move again.

Members already have put the books in an adjacent storage building while they look for another spot, Quigley said. They have looked into a few spots, but cost is a factor.

“We can’t pay but a certain amount, or we just won’t make any money with our sale,” Quigley said. “We’re still in that process of investigating a location.”

Meanwhile, the group has canceled its November sale and is trying to get the word out, Quigley said.

“There’s just no way to have a place set up,” she said. “I’m afraid we’re going to have people show up at Pruden. If you’re not our friend on Facebook and you didn’t come to last month’s sale, you may not know that we’re not having a sale.”

Quigley asked the public to keep an eye out for empty space that could be a viable solution to the group’s dilemma. Call 514-1024 for more information.

“We don’t want the public to lose track of us,” she said.”