Look closely at the spines of the books and see they are empty, waiting for names to be stitched in. Meira Bienstock

BETHEL — The Bethel Library is holding a fundraiser to raise money for books. Soon to be retired-librarian Michelle Conroy and fabric artist Donna Gillis are stitching a quilt for the children’s book section, and those who wish to donate — either $25 or $50 — can have their names, their child’s name, or the family name stitched onto the spine of the book on the quilt.

The finished quilt will be hung in the children’s section.

The library is also preparing for its annual fundraiser. Friends of the Bethel Library were sent letters seeking donations. Anyone who would like to be a “friend” of the library can go the library’s website to donate through paypal. That site is: bethellibraryassociation.org/

The largest bulk of donations goes toward buying new books.

The library buys 2,000 books every year, and currently has about 16,000 books in its collection. The library’s fiction committee researches the best-selling and trending fiction books every month to help guide purchases, which means the library has 60 to 75% of the New York Times best selling books available to check out every month.

Every time the library adds new books, the older books are removed and offered for sale. So watch out for book sales!

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