For at least six years, a portion of book sale proceeds have been donated to a non-profit literacy group. In 2010, $200 worth of children's books were donated to the Williston Food Shelf for distribution to their young clients and $400 was donated to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program to aid in their literacy and English language learning efforts. Previous beneficiaries of cash donations have included a library in Tibet, the Vermont Council on the Humanities, the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLIF), Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library to rebuild after a devastating flood, the Napi Elementary School in the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana and the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston. Each year's recipient of a cash donation is decided at the Friends of DAML meeting in July.
Before the sale even begins Friends of DAML have donated materials to local groups gathering materials for schools, libraries and other organizations. Materials donated by area residents have helped poor schools at a Montana reservation and in Africa, books are distributed by the Williston Rotary Chapter to low-income children and audio books have helped patients pass the time during dialysis treatment. For two years, sale remainders have been trucked to Massachusetts to Hands Across the Water for distribution to libraries across the country and the world.
The Friends of Dorothy Alling Memorial Library book sale takes place every July 3 and July 4 at the Williston Central School. Volunteers and donations for the sale gratefully accepted during the month of June. Call 878-4918 or email for more information.