Friends of Library receive rare book donation

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A special treasure trove has come to the Friends of the Library.
The estate of a former book store owner has donated hundreds of volumes to the benefit of the Lee-Itawamba Library including first editions and signed copies from notable Mississippi and Southern writers.
The books will be on sale in the Friends of the Library shop, including volumes by Eudora Welty, Walker Percy and Ellen Gilchrist.
“Some are rare editions; some are out of print; some are first editions,” said Dalton Anthony, president of Friends of the Library. “We’re lucky to get them.”
For history buffs, there’s an extensive collection of books about Elvis, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and the military in general. For Western fans, there’s even a hardback Zane Grey.
The books are now on sale in the Friends of the Library shop, located just inside the south entrance to the library.
“We had to rearrange the shop to accommodate these books,” Anthony said.
The Friends of the Library’s normal stock usually runs to popular fiction and other books donated by the public; paperbacks normally go for 50 cents to a $1.
The donated volumes were priced by the book seller, and the Friends of the Library are using those prices as a guide, Dalton said.
The Friends of the Library shop is staffed by volunteers and all the money goes to the library, primarily to fund children’s programing and purchase new books.
michaela.morris@journalinc.com