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  • Volunteers to keep bookstore open as libraries close

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  • Jackson County's libraries will soon close, but the Friends of the Library Bookstore plans to stay open.
    The bookstore is at the Central Library, located in downtown Medford next to Mellelo's Coffee.
    "Our donations are down," said Marjorie Showalter, part of the Friends of the Library management team. "(The public) thinks, I believe, that our shop will be closed."
    Showalter asks that residents who have unwanted books bring them to the bookstore at the library, 205 S. Central Ave.
    The bookstore generates about $2,000 a month in sales of used books, with the proceeds going directly to the library to pay for such things as benches in the children's section. The store funds the children's summer reading program as well as teen programs and family movie nights.
    Showalter said the store used to get a half dozen boxes of books a day, but recently a day will go by without even one donation from the public.
    The books are resold for 50 cents to $2 for most volumes.
    "We have the lowest prices in town," said Paula Assali, another member of the management team.
    About 50 volunteers man the tiny bookstore, and will keep it open after the library system closes down.
    The hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The bookstore is closed Sundays.
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