What better time is there to stock up on books than January? When I think of winter reading, I picture myself snuggled beneath a fleece throw on my couch, a fire going in our woodburning stove, perhaps some candles burning, a mug of tea or hot chocolate nearby, and blissful silence. Add a cat in my lap, a dog at my feet, my husband reading in his recliner, and it’s a perfect scene.

I’d be reading a mystery, my preferred genre, though I sometimes branch out to others. My TBR pile would be handy, whether it was filled with books from the library or from the Friends of the Dunwoody Library January sale. 

The FODL sale is coming up — starting Thursday afternoon Jan. 23 for the general public, continuing Friday and Saturday, and picking back up Monday, Jan. 27 with Bag Day. Thanks to the volunteers, donors and customers from near and far, the FODL had a successful 2019, and they’re looking forward to a repeat in 2020.

Nan Green, FODL president, reports the September sale was hugely successful with good attendance and a record amount of money raised for the Dunwoody Library. The group’s new ability to accept credit card payments will help customers and hopefully increase sales too. 

How does the FODL use the money they raise? As of December, they were close to finishing a Friends-funded renovation of the kitchen, with new paint, new flooring, a new backsplash, new/refurbished cabinet doors and several new cabinets. The kitchen is used by many organizations, including the Friends, who meet and hold events at the library.

Other Friends’ investments included a new overhead projector for the Williams Meeting Room, additional racks for storing meeting room chairs and professional cleaning of the library carpeting. Coming in early 2020, the Friends will underwrite new upholstered furniture and new carpeting in the lobby and hallways. 

The Dunwoody Garden Club completes twice-a-year plantings in the spring and fall and also offers guidance to the city on landscaping. Do you enjoy the plants in the atrium in the library? That’s maintained by the Garden Club. 

Have you ever wondered who belongs to the FODL? As of November 2019, the organization was composed of 481 active members: 283 seniors, 80 individuals, 68 families, 5 students, 20 patrons ($50), 21 sponsors ($100), 4 benefactors ($250+). From this group, 116 volunteers donate their time as follows: 108 to book sales, 35 to programs and 27 to both sales and programs. 

Have you joined or renewed your membership yet? You can stop by the membership table to renew your membership and/or make a donation. You may also renew your membership or donate to the FODL any time by picking up a form conveniently located year-round in the library lobby near the Friends of the Dunwoody Library door. 

Are you organizing, straightening and clearing out as many of us do in January? The FODL invites your book donations too, just not the week of the sale. Magazines, books, and puzzles are welcome. I’ve got several bags of books ready and have plans to get serious about collecting the magazines spread around my house. Of course, getting organized would require me to stop reading in my comfy chair in front of the fire.  Perhaps another day. 

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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