Stacks of boxes containing used books, movies, albums and more line the walls of a back hallway in the Kendall Young Library as it prepares for its book sale.
The sale is no longer just an annual event. Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze said the book sale will now be held once in Fall and once in Spring. It's the biggest fundraiser for the Friends of the Library, a volunteer group that puts on events such as a family game night and programs that encourage summer reading, among others.
Donations drive the sale. In addition to books, DVDs and magazines, the sale also offers magazines, LPs, VHS tapes, audio cassettes and the occasional video game. Those items are sold for a dollar or less apiece, unless they are part of a collection such as an encyclopedia set.
Community members thumb through the racks of books at last year’s book sale in the meeting room of the Kendall Young Library. This year’s sale begins on Oct. 24 and goes through Oct. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Books, DVDs, albums, tapes, magazines and more will be on sale, almost all for a dollar or less.
Those small transactions add up quickly. In recent years, the sale has brought in over $3,000 for the library annually, according to book sale chairperson Shirley Youngclas. Those funds will be put towards more programs and events at the library.
Martin-Schwarze said the book sale has become well known in the community, as it has been held for over 20 years. She said it's a wonderful way to recycle books and people will often donate materials they had bought from a previous sale. She said that some libraries have deemed similar book sales not worth their time and effort, but that is far from the truth at the Kendall Young Library.
"The community responds very well here and we have had great responses, so much so that we're now doing it twice a year," Martin-Schwarze said.
The library is accepting donations for the sale through Oct. 22. The book sale starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24, and runs through Oct. 27. On the last day of the sale, the library allows buyers to take a bag and fill it, donating what they want for those items. Martin-Schwarze said this last day clearance helps take a lot of material off their hands as the sale nears its end.
Friends of the Library members are the only people allowed at the book sale, but nonmembers can join at the door for two dollars.