Cobb County Government

Book donations can help support libraries

Staff Reports

Volunteers from the Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System are asking the public to recycle gently-used books by donating them to local libraries.

Donations from the public support the ongoing and special book sales. The purpose of the book sales is to raise money for the library system's existing book budget, which has been reduced by 17 percent in the past 12 months.

"We have had a substantial decrease in our funding from the state and Cobb County," Helen Poyer, library system director, said. "The Friends organization is helping the library make ends meet at a time when demand for books has increased dramatically. And by recycling their books and donating them to the library, the public is helping not only the environment, but also the community."

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Book donations not only help clear your house, but can help support your Cobb County Library System. The next sale will be held the weekend of Oct. 14-16 at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta.

Some donated items are also added to the library's collection. Items in high demand include popular fiction titles and children's books. Items may be dropped off at any library location and all donations are tax deductible. Receipts can be provided to those making donations.

The Friends of Cobb Public Library hosts two large semi-annual book sales and several special book sales throughout the year and just implemented an ongoing sale at most library locations.

These book sales have raised almost $80,000 in the past year, but continued success is dependent upon donations. The next semi-annual sale will be held Oct. 14-16 at Jim Miller Park. More than 100,000 items will be available for purchase. Prices start at 50 cents. The sale will run 9 p.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the Friends of the Library, visit or call Patty Latch at 770-528-2342.