Any book lover can attest to the fact that there never seems to be enough book shelf space. The Friends of the Turlock Public Library are facing this problem about a hundred times over.
The organization, which hosts one of the largest used book sales in the area, is in need of a new home to store their collection of literature, cookbooks, biographies, travelogues and all the other books they collect to help the community’s library.
The organization holds an annual book sale that routinely features more than 10,000 books. The books are sold for 50 cents and $1 and the proceeds generated from the sale help fund programs at the Turlock library like children’s programs, acquiring new books, periodicals and furniture and other projects and programs not covered by the county’s library budget.
For years those stacks of books have been stored at HyPower Hydrolics where the company let the organization not only store the books, but also use the pallets for stacking and forklifts for moving them.
“They really, really spoiled us,” said Hanna Renning, who is a member of the Friend’s and one of the individuals tasked with finding a new storage facility. “But their circumstances have changed and they need that space, so that has us looking for a new home.”
Renning said the group needs a space that is about the size of a large classroom and they have one caveat — they can’t afford to pay any rent.
“We’re really hoping there is a business out there that might have some space we can use, even if it’s temporarily,” Renning said. “If we don’t find something soon it’s going to have a negative effect on our book sale.”
The organization has had to stop taking book donations or send them to other groups because they have no place to store them. Additionally, the book bin the group had located in Ritzy Ragz had to shut down when the business closed its Turlock store.
“We just can’t keep that flow of books coming in,” Renning said.
Anyone interested in helping the group with their storage needs can contact Renning at 632-4692.