Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Howard: Some good news

Book sale ready for a crowd

Looking for some late-summer reading for yourself or your child?

Mary Lu Aft, book sale chairman for the end-of-summer warehouse sale at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, recommends that you stop by Aug. 21-24, at 8456 Vine St., Hartwell.

Get a book cheap and help a cause, she said.

"Sales from the books help the Friends of the Public Library provide funds for programming year-round for children and adults, especially the summer reading and author appearances,'' Aft said. "A majority of programs at the library are funded by outside funds from Friends of the Library and other groups.''

Aft said the warehouse is full with about 100,000 books, including 50-cent paperbacks, videos, CDs, cassette tapes, books-on-tape, CD-ROMs, and encyclopedia sets.

"We will have a special section of books on Cincinnati and Ohio,'' Aft said. "Also a big hit at the sale are books on community history. We have a lot of those about local communities. This is also a place for teachers to build their individual libraries in their classrooms. We supply a lot of books to charter school and home schooling.''

A preview sale for members of the Friends of the Library, takes place 6-8 p.m. Aug. 20. Aft said anyone can join the group at the door.

Hours of the sale: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Aug. 21; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 22-23 and noon-3 p.m. Aug. 24.

For information, call 369-6035

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More than 100 adults with developmental disabilities on the Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati's waiting list will receive help, as a result of a $10,000 grant from the Fifth Third Foundation.

Lynn Thesing, executive director of the council, said the gift will enable the agency to expand its services.

Starfire, operating in its 10th year, seeks to empower teens and adults with developmental disabilities by providing positive community inclusion through service and social outings.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.

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