The annual library book sale.

Every year during my tiny village’s festival (Fishermen’s Party, if you are wondering) the Friends of the Library hosts a book sale. We sell off the books weeded from the collection, plus those that were donated but not added to the collection. At one time we could raise a thousand dollars, but receipts have sagged over the years. Fewer analog books? Fewer analog book readers? Hard to say, but we persevere.

Last year’s sale was well-documented on the blog. This year, however, camnesia struck. I attribute this to Roxie, an out-of-town friend of a Friend, who came to help. She and I ran the check out/cashier table, and I have never laughed so hard and consistently for two days in my life. I insisted that she must come back every year; she might just do it. We had a such a good time!

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Happy book lovers.

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This customer brought his own carrier.

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A week later it was time to dispose of the unsold and not-suitable-to-donate books.

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Frankly, it was also an opportunity to hang out, catch up, and go out to lunch when we were done.

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Disposing of hardcovers means cutting off the covers with a razor knife, trashing those, and putting the innards into the big recycling bin by the community center.

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Hard covers waiting to go to the trash.

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Happily, Kris had a nice big vehicle to take to boxes of innards to the recycle bin.

I know it breaks our hearts to throw away books, but we exhaust every other disposal method before we resort to this. A lot of paperbacks went to Little Free Libraries in the area (one of the Friends maintains three of them). We shipped a good-sized box of young adult books to that school in California whose library had no books.

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4 Responses to The annual library book sale.

  1. Kat with a K says:

    Library sales are truly the best thing! I wonder if there is a “reverse donation” option of Kindle titles I have purchased and read… I would happily donate them!

  2. Carole says:

    Library sales are a lot of work, good for you for volunteering your time. And it’s okay to throw away books sometimes – they aren’t all great and they aren’t all meant to last forever.

  3. Kym says:

    I donated hundreds of books to my library’s sale last year (in a big fit of KonMari-ing). I make myself stay away from the sales, though. Otherwise . . . the books would all be back on my shelves!

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