The Friends of Transylvania County Library are entering the final month of preparations for the huge annual book sale from October 8-14, hoping to build on the success of 2021’s record sale and generate funds for another year of free community programs at the library.
Volunteers are collecting the last piles of donated books, CDs and DVDs so they can be appraised and sold next month, along with the thousands already in storage.
The last day for depositing donations is September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon in the library lobby. From September 17, the Second Story bookstore will be closed while volunteers work to sell books. The bookstore and weekly donation days will return on Monday, October 31.
The 2021 book sale raised over $20,000, eclipsing the previous record high of $16,000. The pandemic forced Friends to cancel the 2020 sale, which meant the 2021 sale had an unusually large inventory – over 30,000 books. However, this year’s selection should be excellent in both quantity and quality, said Gerri Jergensen, who oversees FOL’s sales and bookstore.
“We are reviewing over 20,000 books this year and would like to sell every one of them,” she said. “We had a great community response in 2021, especially for our pop-up sales and specials, so we’ll be doing them again this year.”
Books of all kinds will fill the tables in the library’s Rogow room: bestsellers, classics, detective novels, thrillers, biographies, science fiction, beautiful books, titles for children and teenagers, books on arts, crafts , music, nature , travel, cooking and much more.
The sale opens to the public on Saturday, October 8 and will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Sunday, until October 14.
Buyers looking for the best selection can become members of Friends of the Library with an annual donation of $15 and take advantage of the members-only presale on Friday, October 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Memberships can be purchased at the door. , or purchased in advance at the library or online at www.library.transylvaniacounty.org/FOL.
When the sale ends, all remaining books, CDs, and DVDs are half price on Thursday, October 13. Friday, October 14 is the $5 Box Sale, where shoppers can take home tons of bargains all day.
Last year, Friends introduced “Free After Three” on the final day of the sale, allowing teachers, schools and nonprofits to take leftover books home for free from 3-5 p.m. This will happen again this year on Friday October 1st. 14, said Jane Carter, president of the Friends of the Library.
“Selling books is an important way to support our community, and not just because of the money it raises,” Carter said. “It’s wonderful to see all these books find homes with people so they can enjoy, learn from and read to their children. This is the raison d’être of our library.