An article recently published in this paper described Books off Main as the only bookstore in town. The same statement appeared in this paper about two years ago. Books Off Main is a fine store, which I, myself, patronize.
It is apparent that the writer is not aware of the existence of the Friends of the Library Bookstore. It has been in Porterville for several years; the current location is in the old Spencer House, 301 N. Hockett St. This is behind the Gas Company office and across from the library and fire department. We receive donations of used books from the Porterville Library and generous people in this area.
There are thousands of used books: fiction and nonfiction on an endless array of topics, numerous large-print books, racks of paperbacks and a room of video tapes of many old movies. Most books are priced at 50 cents to $1; oversize books may cost $2 or $3. Children may get free books.
Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization operated by volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. Proceeds from book sales support the Porterville Library and its special programs, as well as its Adult Literacy Center.
The store is open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. We invite you to browse through our bookstore and have cookies and coffee with us.
President, Friends of the Library