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Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

While you may not notice it, the Friends of the Robert Trail Library provides support that makes the library a better place. In 2012, the group sponsored an ice cream social for the summer reading program, provided prizes for the Winter Jackets reading program, gave away more than 500 children's books and bought new chairs for the children's area.

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"We support library projects and activities that do not come out of their regular budget," said Jo Gilbertson, FORT president.

All of those efforts are made possible by funds raised through the group's annual book sale. FORT will host its third annual book sale April 18 to 21. As in the past, this year's event will begin with a members-only preview night from 4 to 8 p.m. April 18 in the meeting room. Gilbertson said non-members can join the group for $10 at the door. In the past the preview night has helped the group recruit new members.

The event will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19 and 20. The sale will feature thousands of books, DVDs and other materials representing a wide range of interests including fiction, non-fiction, large print, history, travel, cooking and more. A large selection of children's books will be available.

The past several years the book sale has been successful and Gilbertson said FORT has been able to enhance some of the library's offerings. Gilbertson said the group looks forward to supporting and partnering more projects as well.

Many of the books are donated by people in the community, Gilbertson said. Some of the other libraries in Dakota County have donated books from their collections to the cause.

"We've been very fortunate with donations," said Gilbertson.

FORT has about 70 members, but Gilbertson said only a core group of about a dozen are really active. She said the group is always looking for volunteers who want to be active with the group.

"It's so simple and takes little time," Gilbertson said.

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