Manasquan High School holds library furniture sale

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Chairs lined up for sale at the Manasquan High School Library on Saturday. CHRISTIN NICE / THE COAST STAR

MANASQUAN — The Manasquan High School held a library furniture sale on Saturday to make room for the media center renovation that will take place over the summer.

The sale took place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school’s media center.

Among the items for sale were the media center’s study carrel units, bookshelves, magazine stands, circulation desk, wooden and cushioned chairs, round wooden side tables and oval conference tables. The prices ranged from ranged from $10 to $200.

According to Amy Edwards, MHS library media specialist, about 20 people had come through during the sale’s first two hours.

“We’ve sold a lot of chairs,” said Ms. Edwards. “What I find interesting is that the students are buying them for their college rooms.”

According to Ms. Edwards, in addition to selling the media center’s furniture, the school is also repurposing a majority of it as well.

“We’re selling what we can …  but we’re reusing a whole bunch of it,” said Ms. Edwards. “We’re trying to not throw out anything, there’s a lot of stuff that’s going to be repurposed for other spaces.”

The atlas stands will be used as podiums, the art department is keeping the display cases, the tables will be used in different classrooms and the majority of the bookshelves will be reused in the updated media center, said Ms. Edwards.

In addition to selling the library’s furniture, Ms. Edwards is also looking to get rid of about 9,000 books from the school’s collection.

“I’ve got like 19,000 books and I need about 10,000. The best practice for a library is 10 books per child in a school library setting, and we’ve got a bout 1000 children so about 10,000 books,” said Ms. Edwards. “But I’m weaving out the old ones, this really has not been done in years so there’s a lot of old titles that are going.”

“I have been looking for homes for them,” said Ms. Edwards.

“I’ve also worked with the staff members to identify the oldies but goodies, and then the ones that have been circulated — those are staying and then anything else I deem of merit for whatever the reason.”

According to Ms. Edwards, the non-fiction books are the most difficult to get rid of due to the outdated nature of the books materials. For those, she hopes creative people who think outside of the box can use some of them for art projects or other creative uses.

“I’ve had some people use the books for an art project … there are some books with beautiful bindings,” said Ms. Edwards. “One person made the books into a lamp … I even was talking about using them as props for plays.”

For those interested in browsing the available books at the high school, email Ms. Edwards at aedwards@manasquanboe.org.

The money from both the library furniture sale and the book sale will go back into the school district, according to Rick Coppola, Manasquan High School principal.

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