The Friends of the Ennis Public Library will be hosting its annual fund-raiser beginning Thursday and are gearing up for a great sale.

The event, which helps the group provide programs for the community, is a crowd favorite and highly supported.

“This is our biggest event of the year, so we look forward to good things. The community has been outstanding in the past with donations and this year is no different. We have something for everyone here and I encourage people to come check us out,” said Robin Gutierrez, Friends member.

The sale, which begins on Thursday, will run from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. for members or those wishing to pay a $5 pre-sale fee. The sale is open to the public on Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The group is also planning to give back to the surrounding communities by allowing educators from the area to pick up books they would like to have for their classrooms on Saturday, prior to the end of the sale from noon - 2 p.m.

“We really want to be able to reach the communities without a library and this is just a great way for us to give back a little of what we have been so generously given,” Gutierrez said.

Donations for the sale come in year round, so the group has help with their storage issues.

“Riley's Industrial Supply has been really great at letting us store our books and materials there until the sale. We are very grateful for their generosity,” she said.

As well as storing the books, donations of new books have been an added feature to the sale.

“We are fortunate to have a local company that has donated new books for our sale over the last few years and will be doing so again this year. McGilvray's has been a big help with our profit margin and we are happy for their support,” she said.

Along with books, audio books, magazines, puzzles, CDs, videos and DVDs, there will be new library T-shirts available for purchase. The shirts feature the “Get a clue” logo, emphasizing the importance of reading and are available for children and adults.

The sale will be held in the learning center at the library, 501 W. Ennis Ave. Contact (972) 875-5360 for more information.

E-mail Candie at candie.adams@ennisjournal.com