Fourth of July book sale pops up at the Park City Library

Fourth of July Pop-up Book Sale

The Friends of the Park City Library will continue its Fourth of July weekend tradition and host a pop-up used book sale Sunday and Monday at the Park City Library. The sale raises funds for library programming.
Courtesy of Jean Daly

The Friends of the Park City Library will get into the Fourth of July celebratory spirit and present its pop-up book sale.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, said Signe Jordet, a Friends of the Park City Library board member.

“The sale is about promoting reading in our community in Park City, and giving access to books to as many people as possible,” she said. “We want them to read what they want, when they want, and we also like to see readers finding new things.”

Hundreds of books will be set on 18 tables in the library’s main floor hall and room 101, Jordet said.

“This is the only part of the library that will be open,” she said. “The hall, room and Lucky Ones coffee,” she said.

Hardcovers will sell for $2 and paperbacks, and youth hardbacks will be priced at $1, she said.

“Youth paperbacks will be 50 cents,” Jordet said. “We will also include cookbooks and a good variety of fiction and nonfiction books. People can buy as many books as they want. We’ve been collecting books all year for the sale. We are always collecting books.”

According to Jordet,the sale is also a fundraiser for the Friends of the Park City Library. 

“All proceeds support library events, programming and equipment in the library itself,” she said.

These things include Music on the Patio performances, landscaping items and pet toys that dog owners can check out when using the library field, to name a few.

“The library is a community gathering place, and we feel fortunate to help create that space,” Jordet said.

The Fourth of July weekend pop-up book sale started in 2019 and supplements the sales from the Friends of the Park City Library’s larger Labor Day book sale.

The pop-up brings in $1,700, which is added to the average of $10,000 that the Labor Day book sale brings in, Jordet said.

The pop-up also opens at the perfect time because people who are heading up to the Fourth of July parade that starts at 11 a.m. on Main Street on Monday can stop in, and people who are heading to City Park for more Fourth of July fun after the parade can browse the tables, Jordet said.

“I enjoy seeing what books we have and what people pick up,” she said. “People have so many different interests, so it’s fun to see what catches their eyes, whether it’s an old favorite or something new.”
If people can’t attend the pop-up sale, Friends of the Park City Library is always selling books off its designated wall of booksacross from the information desk during the library’s business hours, Jordet said.

“People can buy those books on any day, and we also have merchandise — bags, T-shirts and water bottles for sale that will help us raise funds,” she said.


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