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Another year, another record.

Organizers of the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale reported on April 29 that the 2024 event brought in $209,016.30. The amount breaks a record set during the 2023 spring book sale.

The 2023 Friends of the Library spring sale netted $205,639.70 to benefit the Springfield-Greene County Library District. That was an amount that organizers last year didn’t think was possible. Seeing the record broken again, after years of such fundraisers, left organizers almost speechless with gratitude. 

“The cumulative total for FOL book sales since the first sale in 1985 is in excess of $5.3 million,” said Bill Kastler, chair of the group’s sale committee. “It has reached the point where we don't even know what to say anymore. All of the superlatives have already been used.”

The 2024 spring book sale was held between April 24-28 at the Ozark Empire Fairground’s E*Plex, with a preview night for group members on Tuesday. The group hosts two annual sales, one in the spring and one in the fall. 

Friends of the Library helps raise money for the Springfield-Greene County Library system’s programming and performances, including an annual summer reading program. It is also helping fund Wee Read, a program that gets materials to parents participating in the Parents as Teachers program. 

About 75% of the items sold during this year’s sale were donations from the public. Donations for the group’s fall sale are now being collected at each of the library’s 10 branches across Greene County. The fall sale is set for Sept. 11-15. 

People with questions about donations can email friends@thelibrary.org or call (417) 616-0564.

Joe Hadsall

Joe Hadsall is the education reporter for the Hauxeda. Hadsall has more than two decades of experience reporting in the Ozarks with the Joplin Globe, Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine. Contact him at (417) 837-3671 or jhadsall@hauxeda.com. More by Joe Hadsall