Bargains available in library’s book sale

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 09:07 PM

They are sorting and displaying the last of books by the thousands that are going on sale starting Thursday at the City Operations Center at 900 Beckford Drive.

The Friends of the Library volunteers have been at it for more than a month, gathering up children’s and adult paperback and hardback books donated by library supporters and withdrawn as surplus from the library.

Doors open in the evening from 5 to 8 for members only. According to sale organizer Pat Newman, non-members are welcome to come on by and sign up for a 1-year membership on the spot: $10 per individual, $5 for students and senior citizens.

Friday, the public is welcome beginning at 10 a.m. The sale continues Saturday, again starting at 10 a.m., and ends with Sunday’s 1 to 5 p.m. hours.

The volunteers are expecting a crowd again, with pro-library patrons lining up at the door like last year. Last year’s sale brought in $7,000, which was consistent with previous recent years.

“We have thousands of books, tables and shelves are full,” Newman said. “We have more in boxes under the tables. A lot come from the library and others come by donation.”

Books are priced at 75 cents for a paperback and $2 for hardback editions. The special on Sunday is for books by the bagful: $3 for all that fit in a bag provided.

Gloria Watkins said she has been helping book sale successes for years, and she is looking forward to the opportunity of being at Beckford Drive’s large warehouse-quality space again.

“These started down in the old library and continued for many, many years,” Watkins said. “This is the third year here. It seems like we have more books each year.”

Newman speculated on the possibility of yet another location change for space reasons perhaps as early as next year.

“We are very thankful to the city for letting us use this space,” Newman said. “They have also been very cooperative, but I think next year we are going to have to look for a larger place.”

Volunteers sorted the books by genre and author, and they labeled sections in a way to help simplify the search process for those looking for particular titles.

A crew of up to a dozen spent six hours a week since Sept. 17 sorting and displaying books in order to provide an organized shopping process that includes a whole section just for best sellers, separated for a search by author.

A variety of large print books are included, and there is also a silent auction for specialty books. Auction winners will be notified in time for them to come by, pay and pick them up on Sunday or follow other arrangements.

The sale’s goal is for shoppers to find some wanted books at really low prices while also providing a boost for funding library priorities and programs.


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