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Friends of Library announces cookbook sale

Have you got cookbooks gathering dust on a bookcase or in a kitchen cupboard?

Now you can do a bit of Spring cleaning and help the Becker County Detroit Lakes Public Library. Donate your unused cookbooks to the Becker County Friends of the Library for a Cookbook Sale to be held Saturday, May 17 at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.

The Friends of the Library are now accepting cookbook donations of all sizes, types, topics and ages for the sale, however the books should be in good condition. Donations can be taken to the Detroit Lakes Library at 1000 Washington Ave during their normal hours of operation.

To make it easier for those wishing to donate, Friends of the Library volunteers will also pick up your donation for delivery to the Library. Contact Terry Kalil at 847-1979 to schedule a convenient time.

The idea for the cookbook sale came from one Friend of the Library who contributed several hundred volumes of her collection to the organization. At the annual used book sale held in August, cookbooks are generally the first books to sell so the group decided to host a sale dedicated to cookbooks.

Among the books already donated are varieties of local churches and civic group cookbooks from across the United States. Vintage classics like the Better Homes & Gardens red plaid cookbook along with volumes devoted to soups, Mexican foods or even recipes for famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel will all be sold.

Mary Haney, head librarian at the Detroit Lakes library, noted, "All funds raised by the Becker County Friends of the Library are used for local programs and activities at the library. The programs range from pre-school story time to teen activities and classes for adults. Our goal is to encourage young people to read while providing a vital service to all members of the community. Proceeds of the sale will continue our work in these areas."

According to cookbook sale volunteer Terry Kalil, "Our emphasis for the next month is on collecting as many cookbooks from area residents as we can. With parking near the library at a premium and cookbooks being heavy, we've got young volunteers ready to assist with picking up cookbook donations."

Early feedback from the community suggests that the sale will be a popular one. As one supporter said, "I've got so many cookbooks to donate and I can't wait to come and buy some new ones!"

The Cookbook Sale will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, in the large meeting room at the Library. The Becker County Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization and cookbook donations may be tax deductible. Receipts for all donations will be provided.

For more information, contact Terry Kalil, 847-1979 or at