Book sale to help refurbish bronze doors of library

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BRADLEY BEACH — The Friends of the Bradley Beach Library are close to reaching their fundraising goal of refurbishing the library’s historic bronze doors, according to members, and this year’s book sale will hopefully bring the group one step closer to that goal.

On Saturday, July 10, the organization, which helps to raise funds for improvements to the library, will be holding an outdoor book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bradley Beach Public Library, located at 511 Fourth Ave.

“We are raising funds for the library, but our main focus right now is that we will be restoring the original bronze doors on the front of the library,” Lenore Decovsky, president of the Friends of the Bradley Beach Library, said. “We’ve been raising funds for the past three years, and we are getting close.”

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This year’s book sale should have a plethora of supplies, according to Ms. Decovsky.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the library had not been taking donations. Early this year, the friends held a book donation drop-off day and the response was so overwhelming that the group has “two sheds filled to the rafters with books,” according to Ms. Decovsky.
The library will be culling some of its supply to make room for new books.

For patrons, that means thousands of books will be on sale, in all subjects. Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own bag. Each bag filled with books will cost $5.
This latest fundraiser is the continuation of the Friends of the Bradley Beach Library’s main project of restoring the library’s original bronze doors. According to Ms. Decovsky, the group has received bids for the project and are in the process of choosing a vendor.

One of the issues that the friends group is hoping to fix with the new doors is their weight. Ms. Decovsky said that one of the goals of the project is to make the doors easier to open, and maybe installing some kind of mechanized opening device.

Ahead of the book sale, the friends of the library are looking for volunteers to help with the event. The group needs “able body volunteers” to help carry the books out of the library and set them up on the table.”

“The friends are an older group and we just don’t have a lot of muscle,” Ms. Decovsky said. Anyone who would like to volunteer before or after the book sale can contact Ms. Decovsky at ldecov@aol.com or show up at the library at 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. “Please help us – we need volunteers.”

The Friends of the Bradley Beach Library is a fundraising arm of the Bradley Beach Public Library. Funds they raise go towards helping to pay for things at the library which is not a part of their usual year budget.

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