By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - Friends of the Public Library are earning books for children by hosting a book sale. It ends today.

The Friends of the Harker Heights Public Library have hosted a Scholastic Book Sale since Monday where a portion of the proceeds will go back directly to children in the area.

The books are on sale for half price. The Friends organization will receive 10 percent of the sale to purchase books that will be given to children during the Harker Heights Book Week later in the year, Public Library Director Lisa Youngblood said.

The sale lets the library "provide a service" for its patrons, and lets the Friends give the profits right back to the community, Youngblood said.

"A lot of the small children that come here get to own a book of their own," Friends member Beatrice Thompson said about giving the books away later in the year.

Nowadays many children don't get the chance to have a book of their own. Functions such as the Scholastic Book Sale make it possible for the Friends to provide that opportunity, Thompson said.

Giving children books gives them a sense of pride, Thompson said. It also helps encourage reading, learning and coming to the library.

Watching children select some of those donated books at special events such as a book walk or the Harker Heights Book Week is a wonderful opportunity, Thompson said.

"They are really happy to get those books," Thompson said. "It makes me really happy to see them happy, because I'm retired from the library."

The Friends have hosted the sale for a number of years, and it has been very successful in the past, Youngblood said.

Sales are going well this year, too, Thompson said. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the sale was "swamped" with customers, because other events were being held at the library, she added.

Residents can attend the sale at the library, 400 Indian Trail, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. today.

If You Go

What: Harker Heights Friends of the Public Library Scholastic Book Sale

When: 9 a.m. to

8 p.m. today

Where: 400 Indian Trail

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