The Wright Stuff: Ed and LaDonna Wright receive commemorative brick at Coastal Branch Library

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 05:19 PM.

The Friends of the Walton County Coastal Branch Library are paying tribute to Ed and LaDonna Wright for their many years of outstanding service to the library. A commemorative brick with their names has been installed at the front entrance of the library.

The Wrights are stepping down from their post with the Friends. Their fundraising efforts have resulted in huge support for the Coastal Branch due to their skilled management of the Friends of the Walton County Coastal Branch Library Book Sales.

Thanks to the Wrights, the Friends multi-annual book sales have garnered a reputation of being the best in the Panhandle. Ed remembers the original sales being held at the Santa Rosa Beach Post Office. 

"There was a simple rack of books on sale for $2.or $3 each," he said.

Since it opened, the book sale has been transferred to the new Coastal Branch Library building. Ed and LaDonna have organized and run these sales ever since. From its meager onset the sales are now widely attended.  Ed says, "We are renowned for having tons of books at low prices."

Word has continued to spread.

"At some of the January sales the lines outside the door are so long there has been concern for a fire hazard," LaDonna adds. 

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