For just a few dollars, attendees could take their imagination anywhere as the book sale had a vast selection of fiction and non-fiction paperbacks and hardbacks, audio books, movies, and puzzles. Hundreds of people ventured out in the rain and headed to Gray Station Middle School to buy items as low as 50¢, many taking advantage of buying a bag for $10 to fill up with as many books as possible.
“We came to the sale because we both love to read and it was a good chance to buy some books for a good cause,” said David and Sara Richardson. “We are finding many good books and already have one bag full. We were afraid when we started out the day that maybe it wouldn’t be much of a crowd because of the rain, but we were surprised and happy that it is a good crowd and speculating on what it would have been had it been nice weather. ”
The purpose of the sale was to raise money so that all eight schools in the county could purchase new books, and proceeds totaled almost $4,200. The leftover books were picked up by Friends of the Houston County Library for their upcoming book sale.
“I am just amazed by the support that we had from Jones County, not only through their donations but as well as their participation and attendance today,” said Clifton Ridge Middle Media Specialist Shelby Henderson. “It has just been overwhelming, and we are so excited with all the new books we will be able to purchase.”
“We are just so excited about the community coming together and supporting all of us and the Jones County school system so that we can buy new books for our children,” said Jones County High Media Specialist Jennifer Claxton.
Attendees also enjoyed a bake sale, basket raffle, entertainment by several Jones County School choirs, dance teams, and cheerleaders, and a Winter Art Show contest. The art show winner for K-2 was Lindsy Goss from Gray Elementary, grades 3-5 was Isabella Walker from Mattie Wells, grades 6-8 was Jessica Hale from Gray Station Middle, and 9-12 was Jennifer Carr from Jones County High.