Jackie Hood was impressed when she saw the Friends of the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library Bookstore Tuesday night.
"It's beautiful," she said as she looked at the books. "I can't wait to sit down and read in here."
Hood felt it was really nice to have a place like it in the county where people could go relax, fellowship and have a quiet atmosphere for reading.
For Friends of the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library and staff, it was seeing the dream of having a bookstore within the library come to fruition.
Bobbie Grooms, MWE Library director, said it has been one of their greatest accomplishments since she has been there.
"I am just so proud of it," she said.
More than 50 people attended the grand opening to see the bookstore, which will be open from 9 a.m.-noon and 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays.
Items are hardcover books, $1; paperbacks, $.50; CDs/DVDs, $1; tote bags, $3; and puzzles, $1.
Coffee and water are sold for $1 each.
All monies raised will be used by the Friends of the Library to provide additional items for the library.
Gail Harris, president of the Friends of the Library, said having a bookstore was something on Grooms' wish list.
Harris said many in the community have helped the Friends with their fundraising.
"We worked really hard," she said. "We really are proud of this. We're proud of the whole library."
She recognized what Grooms and her staff have done for the county and Bennettsville.
"Our walls are always lined with people using the wifi," Harris said. "Our computers have gotten many people jobs. Our computers have gotten many kids in colleges. They wouldn't have a chance without the library."
She encouraged people to support the bookstore with either donating used books, buying them or volunteering.
"The library is truly the big jewel in the crown of Marlboro County," she said.
Barbara Ohanesian thought the bookstore was the finest one in the state.
"I have been to a lot of sales of books at various libraries from Anderson to Myrtle Beach," she said. "And they are nothing like this. It is really spectacular."
She praised the layout, the couches, and books on the shelves.
"I hope we can support it and it will continue to support our library and our librarians who are doing such a great job," Ohanesian said.
Harris said if anyone has any suggestions for making the bookstore better or wanted to volunteer, call MWE at 843-479-5630.