Dunwoody Library

Did you know that many of the Friends of the Dunwoody Library volunteers have served the library for years? On Sept. 26, this group of volunteers will honor five truly dedicated individuals who have been active volunteers for 25 years or more! They are Connie Downing, Susan Edmonson, Jane Hughes, Sunny Jeffries and Evert Oerding. A plaque in their honor will be installed just before the book sale opens to members at 1 p.m. 

Additionally, a recently renovated room at the library has been named for Evert Oerding in recognition of his leadership and can-do attitude in inspiring and leading large new projects.  

During his tenure with the FODL, Evert has served as treasurer, vice president, Book Sale chairman and Facilities chairman. He’s been instrumental in transporting used books, improving library landscaping, managing the FODL’s status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and leading the organization’s efforts in completely renovating the library interior and the library back office.

The expanded back office space offers new lighting, plumbing, flooring and furniture. The Friends initiated the project and provided initial funding for it, and DCPL secured a state grant for most of the cost.

Now that the dust from this lengthy renovation has settled, the Friends will fund carpet replacement and cleaning throughout the facility. Next up, FODL funds will go toward purchasing new upholstered furniture and renovating parts of the kitchen. Lighting upgrades and the addition of security cameras are possibilities for future improvements.

As always, the Dunwoody Garden Club and the Dunwoody Parks Department partner on the design, installation and maintenance of the landscaping at the entrance to the library. Whether you’re a patron of the library or a visitor to the Book Sale or both, you’re sure to notice the difference.

The sale opens to members at 1 p.m. and to the public beginning at 4 p.m. and running to 8 p.m., Sept. 26. The sale is open to all comers again on Friday and Saturday Sept. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Monday, Sept. 30 from 1-8 p.m. Monday is bag day when you can fill a grocery bag with books for only $6. I don’t often make it on the last day, but I did in May and found 10 books, so I may have to mark my calendar.

The big news for September’s sale is that the Friends will now accept credit cards for purchases of $10 or more. They prefer cash and check to avoid credit processing fees, but credit cards are now welcome. 

What can you find at the sale? Thousands of books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records and magazines. You’ll find all genres, from mysteries to cookbooks, from children’s books to biographies. Where else can you pick up a paperback for $1 or a hardback for $2? Here’s hoping the FODL makes lots of money to continue their good work and that we all walk away with plenty of books.  


Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest and on Amazon. Contact her at inkpenn119@gmail.com, follow her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/KathyManosPennAuthor/, and/or read her blogs at https://theinkpenn.blogspot.com.

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