Morning Meanderings.. The Making of A Library Book Sale
Happy Wednesday! I have not had much blogesphere time this past couple of weeks as life has once again taken a turn to the busy… good busy so I am not complaining…. I just really wish I could do it all. :D
My work life is busy at this time… a lot of exciting things happening that is keeping me moving (more on that some day soon) and it seems that now we sort of had a taste of warmer weather, my energy level has risen as well and I am doing more home projects as well, oh and yes… the running has started for the year – I had a 7K last weekend and a 5K coming up this Saturday evening, a night run… my first and it should be fun.
The majority of my time this week though, is going to our spring Library sale. I have been working hard on the brochure for Wine and Words this year, the tickets, and a brochure and logo for our Friends Of The Library group as well… all to reveal at the Spring Library sale where all bookish people gather. The sale starts tomorrow (Thursday) morning.
The gathering of the books is a year-long process. People are welcome and encouraged to bring in their gently used books for the sale as well as the library donated books that have been withdrawn from the library. Twice a year, the Friends bring these books upstairs into the large conference room and sell them to raise money for our group which supports the libraries needs that the city budget does not cover. We purchase additional copies of best sellers, provide snacks for two library books clubs, a family one and an adult one, we pay the movie license for the library, new books for the kids area, and recently we helped pay for tall wooden barista style chairs and tall tables to line up along the back window for additional seating.
But… back to the sale. The set up started on Monday morning when the books are brought to the room by local volunteers. They have been sorted downstairs by genre, hard cover/soft cover, and premium (hot sellers and/or books that have been released within the last 3 years). Kids books are a quarter, regular soft cover and hard cover are .50, and Premium are usually between $1 – $4.
I went into the library on Monday to help with the set up and worked with the premium books. I separated these books into piles according to year and another lady who is a co-chair of this sale prices them. Occasionally you will get a box of pretty sweet books donated and this year it was a box of gamer books – hard cover rule books for games like Dungeons and Dragons, etc… that were marked with the store labels of selling anywhere from $35 to $104 each. To the right person, these will be a real find.
Today, I took most of the day off of work to go and help with the sale. This is the final set up day and I will stay as long as it takes to be ready. Tomorrow morning, I will be out waiting in the crowds to come in and shop the sale. As part of the set up team I can shop it early, but I don’t want to. I love the community of hanging outside with the rest of the book lovers and talking with them. It is a tradition and they know me by name because of it.
Does your local library have book sales? I would love to hear about them! How much are the books? How do they set it up….