On behalf of the Friends of Rockland Public Library (FRPL) I would like to thank the many people who contributed to the success of our fourth annual Rockland Public Library Tag Sale, held on August 18, 2018. We received an amazing amount of both new and gently used household goods, furniture, bikes, clothing, holiday fun, and more. The selection donated was amazing, to say the least. This was truly an event for all. The weather gave us a bit of trouble, yet despite the rain, people had such fun finding treasures.

We also wish to thank the many tireless FRPL volunteers who helped pick up and price the donations. Many, many hours were spent sorting and pricing. Special thanks goes out to Luke Olsen of the Lincoln Street Center, thank you for letting us store our donations in that amazing space. We couldn’t have pulled this off without your generous help. Pete Lammert, thank you once again for loaning us your tent. Rockland Public Works, thank you for helping set up the tent. Park Street Laundry, thank you for loaning us racks for our clothing. By naming names, I know I run into trouble for possibly leaving folks out — the list of people who helped with the Tag Sale is immense. Thank you to all — you know who you are — for making this event a success.

The work paid off. After subtracting minimal operating expenses (less than $100), the Friends, with incredible support from the community, raised just over $4,000 at the Tag Sale, which all goes directly to our wonderful library. The Book Stop, our used bookstore downstairs in the library, was also quite busy. As important, we had some new Friends memberships also come in. Thank you, everyone! We look forward to holding our fifth annual Tag Sale next summer!

This year we did not hold a book sale at the same time as our Tag Sale. We will keep you posted — be on the lookout for a possible book sale in October. In the meantime, come to the Book Stop in the lower level of the library for an ever changing selection of gently used, amazingly priced books.

Rebecca Albright, FRPL Tag Sale Coordinator, Friends of Rockland Public Library Co-President