Library to host book sale, authors festival
by Mark Andrews
Feb 23, 2013 | 1337 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Saturday, March 2, Bartow County Library patrons will have the opportunity to take home low-priced used books while supporting the library during the Friends of the Bartow County Library System’s first quarterly used book sale of 2013, to be held at the Cartersville branch, 429 W. Main St., Cartersville.

“The Friends of the Library quarterly book sale is our biggest fundraiser and our main fundraiser for the year,” organization president Karen Barnhart said. “With the money we get from the books, we fund programming and materials for all the libraries in the Bartow County Library System, so it’s not just Cartersville.”

Member Ed Bostick added, “We did give a check to the library for $12,000 [for 2012], and that was a product of mostly book sales, but there was some other revenue raised from smaller events.”

Books will range in price from 50 cents to a dollar and will include children’s books, paperbacks and hardbacks. However, Bostick said a special table may be set up for books that have been determined to have a higher value than $1.

During the last hour of the book sale, patrons can buy a reusable bag for $5 and fill it with books.

“The goal we have is to raise additional money for the library that doesn’t get enough money to begin with,” Bostick said. “My goal is to encourage people to use the library and especially to read.”

The event will be open for organization members from 9 to 10 a.m., and to the general public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Following the book sale will be the library’s Third Annual Authors Festival from 2 to 4 p.m.

Featured authors include Bryan M. Powell, of Dallas, who will be signing copies of his new book, “Stranger in the White House.”

According to his biography on, Powell was born in Scranton, Penn., in 1950.

“Upon [college] graduation in 1971, he and his wife, Patty entered the ministry. Their calling led them to dozens of churches throughout the south and mid-west,” the biography states. “For the last twenty-eight years, they have served churches throughout the Atlanta area. Currently, they live in Dallas, Georgia, where they enjoy reading, travel, an occasional round of golf (with Patty driving the cart), and spending time with their two grown children and seven grandchildren.”

His new book is part of the ongoing “Stranger” series following character Chase Newton.

According to a press release describing the book, “Still reeling from his impressive investigative work in Beaumont, Colorado, Chase is now in Washington, DC, working for the New York Times when he gets a phone call. The Order just struck again — however, the double assassination of the president and vice president was only partially successful. The phone call is from the real vice president claiming that the one who was just sworn in as president is an imposter. Chase finds himself — and his wife — caught in the crossfire again.”

For more information about upcoming events at the library and for information regarding Friends of the Library, visit