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.