Fall Book Sale

Book Sale Update

With regret the Friends’ Board has cancelled the Friends’ 2020 Fall Book Sale. The Grant Park High School venue will not be available, libraries are not yet able to accept donations, and we do not yet have access to our sorting area.

While we are sad to be unable to hold a Book Sale this fall, please know that we plan to mount a Book Sale when it is feasible to do so again. We will let you know as soon as we are again able to accept donations of books, DVDs, CDs, etc.

Friends’ annual Fall Book Sale started in 2005 with a few members collecting books, storing them in a borrowed garage, and then sorting and pricing the night before the sale. What a job!  Now Book Sale preparation has evolved into a year-round operation.  St. James Library is the site where donated books are delivered, sorted, priced and packed up for the October sale by Friends’ volunteers.  On Sale Days buyers are so keen they line up well before the doors open and rush in to scoop up armloads of prize buys.

And book lovers don’t have to wait for the sale, they can shop anytime; donated books fill a cart at Best of Friends Gift Shop.

The sale of used books is our most profitable fundraising project. In 2019 the annual Fall Book Sale generated over $26,000. When combined with the revenue from the Best of Friends Gift Shop Book Cart in the lobby of Millennium Library, over $42,000 was raised from used book sales. Hundreds of volunteer hours, thousands of donated books and all those eager customers make this sale a winner.


How to Donate Books

We appreciate your keeping the boxes of books you have already packed for the Friends, but unfortunately we cannot accept donations at this time.  Meanwhile we hope you are able to set them aside till donations resume.

However, when we resume, these are our Donation Criteria.

Your gently used books, CDs, DVDs and LPs will be welcomed and recycled into another loving home.

Clearly label your small box or bag:

“FRIENDS”

We cannot use the following:

  • Textbooks
  • Professional books (accounting, law, medicine, etc.)
  • Encyclopedias, unless 1920s or older
  • Computer, business and finance books older than 5 years
  • Magazines (exceptions: history, Anna, gourmet, décor, art and design) Reader’s Digest Condensed
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