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Annual book sale features literacy for everyone

The temperatures are dropping and the leaves are turning colors. That means fall is coming.

It also means the Friends of the Park City Library is gearing up for its annual used book sale that will be held at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., over Labor Day and Miner’s Day Weekend — Sept. 3 to Sept. 5.

Friends of the Park City Library’s Ann Witworth and Jean Daly, the co-chairwomen of this year’s sale, and Marlene Peacock gave The Park Record the sale’s rundown last week.

“We’ve been receiving donations since last October for the sale,” Daly said. “We have been getting all sorts of books and actually had to weed out some categories because our rooms are getting too full and some of the books just don’t sell.”

That means this year ‘s sale will not include the big coffee table books, but that isn’t going to make that much difference in the variety of the books the sale will include.

“We will still have hardback and paperback fiction,” Daly said. “We’ll also have books about landscaping, gardening, cooking and travel.”

“We’ll have children’s games and books and young adult books, and some books on diet and exercise and self-help books and classic literature,” said Peacock. “We will also sell DVDs and CDs. Those are very popular.”

The used book sale will officially open with the Friends of the Park City Library member preview on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The sale will then open to the public from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

If people want to become a member before the sale starts so they can join the preview, they can by visiting, according to Daly.

“There are benefits to becoming a member,” she said. “They include not only admittance to the book sale preview, but also a subscription to the Friends of the Library newsletter and an opportunity to help make the library better.”

Individual memberships range from $15 and family memberships are $25.

There are also other membership levels including Book Worm for $50 and Book Lover for $100.

The sale will continue for the public on Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Monday, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Monday, is bargain bag day, where people can fill a bag for $5,” Daly said. “We have some new bags that have our logo on them and we will sell them on Saturday. And if they buy the bags then, they can fill them up on Monday and don’t have to check out.
Otherwise they can buy a bag on Monday for $5.”

The sale will be held on the third floor.

“Part of the books will be set up in the Jim Santy Auditorium and part of the books will be set up in the community room and the common rooms,” Daly said.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the sale, Peacock said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Cathy at to volunteer.

After the sale wraps up at 2 p.m., a bookseller will come and buy all the leftover books, according to Daly.

“He takes them to nursing homes and hospitals,” she explained. “Those he doesn’t sell will be given to a recycle center.”

The annual sale makes an average of about $7,000, Daly said.

“Every year, the library requests carry-over money in April to help them supplement their budget until June,” Daly said.

Part of the money helps the Park City Library send librarians to conferences for training, she said.

“We send the librarians to five or six conferences a year to help them learn new technology and methods that changes frequently,” Daly said. “So we send them to conferences as well to help them get up to speed on what they are supposed to do.”

The money also will help care and feed the Park City Library’s guinea pig, Witworth said.

“This is such a big hit with the kids,” she said.

Also, according to Witworth, part of the money is used to replace books that have been over-used, damaged or dirty.

“A lot of those books are children’s books, because they get the hardest usage,” Witworth said.

Another new thing this year is that the Friends of the Park City Library is totally funding the New York Times subscription that can be found in the adult reading room, Witworth said.

“The library pays for the Wall Street Journal, but they were approached by people who wanted the New York Times,” she said. “The subscription is upwards of $1,000, and we said we’d ante up for that.”

The annual Used Book Sale is the Park City Library’s biggest fundraiser of the year, according to Daly.

“We’re the only group that can raise money for the library, so we want people who love their library to come and support it,” she said.

The Friends of the Park City Library will hold its annual Labor Day Weekend Used Book Sale from Saturday, Sep. 3, to Monday, Sept. 5. The FOL member preview will be Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the public will be admitted at 10:30 a.m. Sunday’s hours will be from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Monday’s hours will run from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday’s sale is dubbed the Bargain Bag Sale and people can fill bags up for $5. For more information, visit

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