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Friends of the Metropolitan Library prepare for annual book sale in Oklahoma City

The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System has gathered more than 600,000 books to sell at this year's annual book fair at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Niqbal@opubco.com Published: February 18, 2013
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“It's such a win-win-win situation. We get to have a sale, and the whole city looks forward to it,” Pritchett said.

Toland said after sale expenses are paid, the remainder of the proceeds pay for items for the Metropolitans Library System including equipment and furniture, and special programs the library hosts for the community.

Joe McReynolds, Friends volunteer and vice president, said he and his wife attended their first book sale 20 years ago.

“We originally got involved because we love libraries and love the idea of providing money to the library. But there's a greater purpose I think we all feel. We are proud to do a service for this community by providing books at a minimum price,” McReynolds said.

Toland said she loves seeing the joy that books bring to the shoppers.

“We are a group of people who love books. I enjoy seeing people get so excited about this array of books just waiting to be read,” she said.

Toland said event organizers are still looking for volunteers.

For more information about the sale or to volunteer, go to www.mlsfriends.org.