Rotary club holds book sale for Mesquite Reads



Members of the Sunrise Rotary Club volunteer to raise funds from the sale of books for the Mesquite Reads program on Saturday mornings at the Mesquite Public Library. .PHOTO BY BOBBIE GREEN/Progress

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Mesquite held a huge book sale fundraiser on Saturday, April 9 on the patio of the Mesquite Public Library.

The club members did a lot of work beforehand to properly arrange the books on the tables and label them by genre. This made books easy to choose from for local book browsers, which came out strong.

The annual book sale is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Mesquite Reads program. The money is matched by Eureka Community Initiative, Rotary’s partner in the program.
The Rotary Club made $1,200 from the sale this year.
“We sell on average about $1,200 per book, but we’re always happy to make more,” said Rotary club president Deb Parsley. “Many of the city’s service agencies help support this program. “

A new addition to the Mesquite Reads partnership is the College of Southern Nevada-Mesquite branch. They donated storage space to the Rotary Club for books collected throughout the year. They will also hold a monthly book sale in their Jimmy Hughes campus parking lot. The dates have not yet been announced.
“We are thrilled to have this partnership with them,” Parsley said. “It will make it easier for us to manage more books and have more sales”

Gerri Chasko, director of community initiative Eureka, will be hosting a free book giveaway on Saturday, April 16. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rising Star Ballroom. This is the program for which the fundraising money from the sale of books is used.

All students and their families from JL Bowler Elementary School, Virgin Valley Elementary School and Beaver Dam Elementary School are invited to attend this Saturday.

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