Local residents have the opportunity to purchase books as part of a fundraising effort for the Brazil City Public Library.
In upcoming weeks, the Clay County Friends of the Library has scheduled a number of book sales in the building across from the Brazil Public Library.
Library Director Jill Scarbrough said when the doors opened Wednesday, there were approximately 50 people purchasing books.
Carol Rector, Friends of the Library secretary, said some of the books available at the sale include textbooks, fiction, non-fiction, paperbacks, hardbacks, large print books and Christian fiction. She added all material is either donated or discarded from the library.
Dodie Clark, a Friends of the Library member, said the bookstore has books and visitors from all over the state.
Scarbrough added that all the funds collected from the sale supports programs at the library. Last year's book sale helped with the renovations of the library's computer labs, she added.
Other programs made possible by the efforts include the Summer Reading Program, training librarians how to use electronic devices such as E-books and Kindles to better assist patrons, planning craft events and recruiting guest speakers to visit the library.
"The library is vital for people to get the necessary reading skills they need," Rector said.
Scarbrough said literacy is a very important skill, adding one of the goals of the group is to get younger people interested in reading.
"It is important to read," Scarbrough said. "That is how we learn."
While advances in technology make many books available in electronic forms, Clark said the library still holds an important place in the community.
"There are still people who prefer to read a hard copy book," Rector said.
Clay County Friends of the Library is an organization that "mainly wants to sustain the services offered by the library and expand them," she added.
The group meets four times a year in the Brazil Public Library Meeting Room. Membership applications are available at the library. The bookstore's hours of operation coincide with book sales but material can be donated year-round at the library.