2018-08-23 / News

Festival to feature South Carolina books

Contributed by the Cooperative Ministry

Books in all price ranges, including books for collectors, will be available at The Cooperative Ministry’s annual Book Festival, Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 1401 Washington Street, Columbia.

Proceeds from the Book Festival benefit The Cooperative Ministry’s mission to serve the Midlands working poor through short-term crisis assistance leading to long-term stability. Services include limited financial aid, counseling, food vouchers, clothing and furniture, insurance premium assistance, financial literacy workshops, free tax return preparation, and automobiles donated through the Autos for Opportunities program.

David Hodges, an agent with MassMutual Carolinas, and a board member for The Cooperative Ministry serves as chairman of the annual Book Festival. Hodges, a native of Columbia and a graduate of both Dreher High School and the University of South Carolina, began collecting books about 25 years ago as part of genealogical research. Today, Hodges’s collection has more than 4,000 titles–all South Carolina books.

“Last year, I was thinking of ways to raise support for The Cooperative Ministry,” Hodges said. “I have hundreds of duplicate books, which often happens to collectors. It’s not unusual to buy ten boxes of books and discover there are duplicates within them. I had the idea to use the duplicates to springboard a fundraising event–the Book Festival– for The Cooperative Ministry.”

Hodges said he was pleasantly surprised at the response of other collectors, who have donated books for festival, and from donations coming from the general public. This year’s Book Festival will focus on collectibles, coffee table books, and South Carolina books.

Book donations are being received at The Cooperative Ministry’s furniture and clothing bank, 3821 W. Beltline Boulevard. For questions about the festival or book donations, please contact Scott Vaughan, director of development and communications, The Cooperative Ministry at svaughan@coopmin.org.

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