"This one is bigger and better in the sense of the variety and quality of the donated books," said Mills, who co-chairs the sale with Jean Daly and Trine Nielsen. "Park City is a very literate community, so we get some great books."
The Friends of the Park City Library's annual used book sale will run from Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.
This year's sale was cut down from four days to three because of logistical reasons, Daly said.
"We didn't know if we were going to be able to have it this year because there was some construction at the library," she said. "Then two weeks after telling us we weren't going to be able to hold the sale, we were told we could."
Usually the sale includes a Friends of the Park City Library member's preview on Friday, but since the sale will start on Saturday, the preview will be held from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
"Anyone who is a member or who wants to become a Friends' member can come and enjoy a continental breakfast and go through the books before the general public," Daly said.
Mills promises the sale will feature something for everyone.
"We have everything from novels, children's books, travel, history, cooking, health, biographies, art and music," she said. "We will also be selling used DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles, and we have a rather large children's section."
Although the exact number of items isn't known, Mills and Daly said there are thousands of books that have been donated within the past year that will be for sale.
"We also have a collection of coffee table books that you would pay $40 to $50 for, and we're offering them for $3," Daly said. "We sell most of the other books for 50 cents, so everything is a huge bargain."
Monday is the bargain-bag sale that will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
"People can come in and pay $5 and, in turn, they receive a huge bag that they can fill with as many books as they want," Daly said. "We have people who buy two or three bags and leave with all these books."
Over the past four years, the sale has made between $7,000 and $10,000, and every penny is used to help the library, Daly said.
"The staff is very responsible at prioritizing the list of things they need," she said. "For example, last year a new computer was needed for the children's literacy program.
"That program is the cutest thing," Daly said. "People will come in to the children's section and see all these kids wearing big headphones using the computers to play learning games or reading."
A portion of the money was used last year after the library applied for and received a $15,000 grant to start a digital lab.
"The library used the grant money to buy all the equipment and the book sale money we raised went to purchase all the software for the lab," Daly said.
The funds also help with the library staff's education.
"We have sent them to workshops, sessions, conferences and advanced courses all over the country," Daly said.
Mills said the additional training is not only beneficial for the library, but for the community.
"The library is a center for learning, information exchange and literacy," she said. "Even in the digital age when books are accessible in different ways, the information acquired at the library is free."
Without a book sale, there would be a domino effect that would hurt the community.
"The main reason why we do this is to support the library, but in doing so, this enables them to acquire the materials and programs they would not ordinarily be able to get," Mills said. "Also, this book sale is a community event. It brings together a lot of people who are interested in books and reading and they can come together and share ideas about what they're buying."
The Friends of the Park City Library will host its annual used book sale at the library, 1255 Park Ave., from Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2. Saturday's sale will be open to Friends of the Park City Library members from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday's hours for the public will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Monday's bargain-bag sale will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.parkcitylibrary.org/join-the-friends-of-the-library .