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Family proves to be friends of library

Family proves to be friends of library

June 12th, 2019 by Neil Abeles in Texarkana Region

Laura Comer, left, and Eugene Comer load a trailer with boxes of books, along with the help of Eli Smith and Isaac Harwell.

Photo by Neil Abeles /Texarkana Gazette.

ATLANTA, Texas—Eli Smith and Isaac Harwell were helping, but they weren't helping. They were making faces at the cameraman.

Eli is 6 and Isaac is 10, so it might be understandable that in the moving of about 1,000 books, the two needed to break for some fun.

But all the adults were in good spirits, too.

The occasion was a gift of books from Laura's Used Books on Northeast Street to Atlanta Public Library. Jack and Laura Rash donated all the books from the now-closed store to the Friends of the Library for a future book sale.

See those faces being made by those guys in the center? That's Eli Smith, 6, and Isaac Harwell, 10. They're supposed to be helping the Friends of the Library gather books at the now-closed Laura's Used Books in downtown Atlanta, Texas. The books were donated to the Friends for a future sale to benefit the library.

See those faces being made by those guys...

Photo by Neil Abeles /Texarkana Gazette.

The Friends needed two pickups and one trailer and a morning of work at the store to cart the books away to a storage facility.

Book sales are one way the Friends raise money for the library.

"The library is at the center of town. We want it to be as good as it can be," Friends President Martha Ward said.

Among those who helped with the move were Deborah Harwell, Eugene and Laura Comer, Martha Ward, the Rashes, Adam Ward, Lynn Monroe, Lisa Nichols and Patty Falwell.

And, of course, Eli and Isaac did, indeed, do a good bit of book packing and box lifting.

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