The Friends of the Abington Community Library are raising the bar on their fundraising efforts.

The volunteer group is dedicated to supporting the Abington Community Library’s programming, especially through promoting its services, encouraging gifts of books and collections and hosting a variety of fundraisers. The Friends are best known for their annual spring and fall book sales , from which all proceeds are used to purchase materials, equipment and facility upgrades not covered by the library’s budget.

Now, library patrons won’t have to wait until the book sales take place thanks to a new Friends initiative that plans to keep the purchases permanent.

The Abington Community Library’s Book Nook, located inside the library at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit, will be a year-round book sale run by the Friends of the Abington Community Library during the library’s regular hours. Friends member Tricia Richards, who spearheaded the idea, said that the idea is not new to libraries in general, but that this is the first time something like this has been tried at the Abington Community Library.

“As an active library supporter, I visit many libraries each year,” she said. “During a few library tours, I noticed a permanent area that was designated for used book sales. I told the library staff and Friends of the Library representatives that I’d like to learn more. Through them, I discovered that our library also had potential to raise money by setting up a similar program. Library patrons will benefit directly, as the additional financial support will enable Abington Community Library staff to provide more materials, services and programs.”

Richards said that in order to get the Book Nook off the ground, the library had to get various permissions from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Libraries that have ongoing sales or more than two sales must pay tax on the items sold and report the income to the state.

“One benefit for book lovers is the constant availability of used books in good condition at a great price,” Richards said. “Fans of the library will also feel good knowing that their purchases will benefit their community library.”

The Friends of the Abington Community Library are always looking for new members; annual fees are $10 for individuals and $15 for families. Volunteers are also needed, as are book donations. Call the library at 570-587-3440 for more information.

The Friends of the Abington Community Library’s spring book sale, will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway.