Friends of the Park City Library’s annual used book sale brings the community together |

Friends of the Park City Library’s annual used book sale brings the community together

The event will run from Sept. 2-4

The categories for the Friends of the Park City Library’s annual used book saleCompiled by Scott Iwasaki
  • Animals and nature
  • Art and music
  • Audio and video
  • Biography and autobiographies
  • Business and computer technology
  • Children’s books
  • Children’s games and puzzles
  • Classics
  • Cooking
  • Diet and Health
  • Foreign language
  • Gardening
  • Hardbacks
  • History
  • Hobbies
  • Humor/comics
  • Law and political science
  • Literature and poetry
  • Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science fiction
  • Western
  • Parenting
  • Psychology/self-help
  • Religion/philosophy
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Travel
  • Young adult

Over the years, the Park City Library has been able to offer community programs that move beyond books.

With the help of the Friends of the Park City Library, which raises funds, it has been able to purchase new computers and check-out equipment as well as outdoor summer game equipment.

The money raised by the Friends of the Park City Library has also been used to sponsor the Music on the Patio program, which featured acoustic performances every Wednesday morning during the summer.

The money raised also helps the library staff attend conferences and training sessions.

One of the biggest ways that Friends of the Park City Library raises funds is the annual used book sale that runs over Miner’s Day weekend.

This year, the sale will run from Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, said Jean Daly, who along with Ann Whitworth, chairs the annual Friends of the Park City Library’s used book sale.

The sale will be held in the Community Room, located on the library’s third floor.

A sneak preview sale for Friends of the Park City Library members will run from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The sale will then open to the public at 10:30 a.m.

“People can become members that day at the door if they want to attend the sneak preview,” Daly said.

Individual memberships are only $15 and family memberships cost $25. There are also other levels of membership. A person can be a Book Worm for $50 or a Book Lover for $100.

“We have loads and loads of books to sell this year,” Daly said. “We have books in every category, including young adult and adult novels. Books on philosophy, sports, diet and health, exercise, self-improvement and history.”

This year’s book sale is more organized than it has been in previous years, Daly said.

“We’ve moved off the Jim Santy Auditorium stage to the Community Room across the hall, so we’re accessible to people who can’t climb stairs,” she said. “We also have the wonderful tables that will be rolled into place, so it’s easier for us to set things up.

“We also alphabetize the categories, so it’s easier for people to find the books they are looking for.”

Many of the books seem new.

“Some look as if they’ve been read only once,” Daly said “The spines aren’t even cracked.”
Some of the books are antiques.

“We received books that date back to 1903 and 1910,” Daly said “We also get full collections of series and such. So, we are going to set up a section for classic and antique books for those who may collection them.”

The only books that aren’t in the sale are coffee table books.

“Those don’t really sell, so we don’t offer them,” Daly said.

The annual used book sale is the biggest fundraiser for the Park City Library, said Whitworth.

“In addition to equipment and local programs, we also used the money to send librarians to attend other book events,” she said. “We sent Katrina Kmak, our Youth and Spanish Services Librarian, to Spanish book sale and fair to get some ideas, because we want the library to build up its services for the Park City area’s Hispanic community.”

Unfortunately the Park City Library doesn’t receive many Spanish-language book donations, at the moment.

“We hope to get more in the future so we can offer them during the book sale,” Daly said.

Still, donations for the annual book sale are accepted year round.

“As soon as this year’s sale is over, we’ll start taking donations for next year,” Daly said. “We store the books in the a back room of the library, and we have boxes and boxes that are filled to the top for this year’s sale.”

Daly and Whitworth are grateful for the many volunteers who help with the sale each year.

“Park City sends us 20 to 30 workers to help take the books from the back room to the Community Room upstairs on the Thursday before the sale,” Daly said. “They arrive at 7 o’clock in the morning, off the clock.

“We’ve had the same workers who have been doing this for years and years. They do it because they love the library.”

On Friday, the library will get 40 or more volunteers to set up the tables for the sale.

“They take all the books out of the boxes and set them in place,” Daly said.

Over the past few years, the annual used book sale has become more than just a fundraiser,
Whitworth said.

“It’s a real community event that brings all the different parts of us together,” she said. “We have people who are in Park City for the summer who regularly come to the sale. And we have people who also come up from the Salt Lake Valley every year to buy books.”

In addition to being a community event, the sale is also an event for book lovers.

“Book lovers like to pass on their books,” Whitworth said. “You don’t have many who will throw their books away. They feel good when they know someone else will get the same joy from one of the books they have had a loved, while raising money for the library.”

Friends of the Park City Library will host its annual used book sale from Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, at the Park City Library’s community room. A special preview for Friends of the Park City Library members will run Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The sale will open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday’s hours will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday’s hours will be from 10;30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday is the bargain bag day. People can purchase a Friends of the Park City Library bag and fill it up for $10. For information, visit