Friends of the Van Buren Public Library are looking to raise money to replace the library’s broken digital sign.

In an effort to raise part of the $16,000 cost of a new digital sign, the Friends are holding a yard sale inside the library Sept. 7 starting at about 7:30 a.m., said Jennifer McKinney, secretary for Friends of the Van Buren Public Library.

Donations for the sale will be accepted Sept. 6 after noon, but there is no storage space to take donations before then, McKinney said.

"They can bring anything and everything family appropriate," McKinney said. "Movies, CDs, books - anything they would find cleaning out their house."

Danalene Porter, director for the Van Buren Public Library, is hoping to replace the broken, out-of-date sign with something more modern, she said.

Purchased used by the city, the current sign stopped working in spring of 2012 after possibly being hit by lightening, Porter said.

In working condition, the sign was used to advertise programming and "let people know what’s going on at the library," Porter said.

More than fundraisers will be necessary to get the money to purchase the sign, McKinney said. The Friends have several more events in the works, including a possible murder mystery dinner theater, she said.

"I know it’s going to be a long process to get the funds for that sign," McKinney said.

Friends of the Library support local libraries by raising money to fund programs, pay for materials and equipment, and promote reading and literacy. They also do volunteer work and serve as advocates for continued library services for all.

Meetings for the Friends of the VBPL are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.