Library readies 'boxes and boxes' of books for sale
The age of the Kindle means more donations of books to the Friends of the Grandview Library and a larger variety of items available at the Friends' semi-annual book sale.
"As more people start reading e-books and use devices like the Kindle, they're cleaning out their collections of books and looking to get rid of them," said Ben Freudenreich, fundraising chairman for the Friends. "We are getting more donated books than we used to."
The Friends' fall book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the library, 1685 W. First Ave.
A preview sale for members of the Friends will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19.
"We'll be featuring discounts on hardbacks that night only for Friends of the Library members," Freudenreich said, "and you can sign up to become a member at the door."
While the fall book sale won't have quite as many items as last spring's sale, "we'll still have a great selection of books, including a lot of fiction and mysteries and especially a large number of children's books," he said.
DVDs and compact discs also will be sold throughout the weekend, Freudenreich said.
"We've got boxes and boxes of books we're sorting through getting ready for the sale," he said. "We're running out of room in our designated storage areas and now we're having to put boxes in areas the library staff uses."
Over the past year, the Friends has received donations of large multivolume sets of books, including an Annals of American History set that features "all of the historical documents from our nation's history," Freudenreich said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't find a market for them."
Hardbacks will cost $2 and paperbacks 50 cents at the book sale, he said. Compact discs will sell for $2 and DVDs will cost $3.
The Friends group uses the money it raises from the book sales to support library programs and expenses, Freudenreich said.
"One of the biggest things we support is the summer reading program," he said. "We help pay the cost of the prizes and T-shirts the library gives out to the kids."
The organization also supports the Music on the Lawn series and contributes to the cost of computers and other equipment, Freudenreich said.
"There used to be a lot of things the library by law couldn't pay for out of its own budget," he said. "We would help pay for some of those items. Now they are legally allowed to, but don't have the funds available to pay for them."
With cuts in state funding, the Friends of the Library plays an even more important role, Freudenreich said.
Along with the book sales, the Friends operates the Bargain Book Shelves in the study commons area at the library. The shelves offers books and audio-visual materials that library patrons can purchase throughout the year.
Over the course of a year, the Bargain Book Shelves purchases raise almost as much money as one of the weekend book sales, Freudenreich said.