Written by: Wellsley Kesel
For the past 23 years, Milledgeville residents have gathered at the Mary Vinson Memorial Library for the annual library fair held every fall.
This event draws crowds of all ages to promote not only library traffic, but local businesses as well. Local restaurants such as The Brick and Metropolis Café catered to the crowds of hungry fairgoers, braving the atypical late September heat to fill stomachs and promote business. The inside of the library hosted an array of children’s activities, such as the “Midway Games” section on the top floor, which held carnival games and an impressively large bouncy house surrounded by shelves of books. For parents, the fair is the perfect opportunity to occupy kids in a more engaging setting than in front of a television screen.
“We come every year since my wife helps out at the library,” said Edwin Hopkins, Milledgeville resident. Like Hopkins, countless other families attended the fair for the kid-friendly activities, including a magic show later on in the day. Included in the indoor festivities held throughout the day was a pop up consignment shop on the bottom floor of the library. Second hand items ranging from kitchenware to children’s coloring boards had been donated by locals, with the proceeds going to the benefit of the library.
Held in the parking lot of the library was a used book sale, where fairgoers could find thousands of books of all genres, including valuable textbooks for students, for a bargain of a deal. Multiple students could be found wandering the aisles and making the most of the sales, digging through boxes and picking up books left and right.
“I love reading and found out about this by chance last year,” said Jonathon Roberts, sophomore. “I came pretty late to the fair and I didn’t find a lot [of books], so I’m excited to get more this year.” Fair goers could also enjoy live music by local bands and artists while browsing the wide selection of books, creating a relaxing atmosphere for both buyers and those who simply wanted to enjoy the show.
While the fair is a fun annual event for the surrounding community, it is also vital for the library in raising funds to keep it running and thriving. Through ticket sales from the indoor carnival games, outdoor book sales and consignment shop sales, the library is benefiting hugely.
To learn more about upcoming events at the library and how to volunteer at the next library fair, visit tllsga.org for more information.
“We had a huge turnout this year and made quite a bit of money that will be used to help the library grow, which in turn affects the community immensely.” said Kristin Higgenbothem, a member of the library staff and junior.
(Feature image by: Tori Gleeson / Staff Photographer)