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Friends of the Summit County Library will host Scholastic Book Sale

The holiday season is fast approaching and many have started creating their gift lists.

One of the best presents, according to teachers, authors and editors, is a book. There is nothing like cracking the cover of a brand-new novel, picture book or journal.

The Friends of the Summit County Library knows this and that’s one of the reasons why they have teamed with Scholastic Publishing for the past 13 years to bring the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale to the Kimball Junction Branch every December, said Toni Adams, who is the chair of this year’s event that will run from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6.

"Unlike the Use book sale in July, this book sale is all about new books," Adams said. "These are all books from Scholastic publishing and are not donations. They come directly from the warehouse in Draper."

The carts of books will be set up in the library’s public meeting room.

"We will have thousands of titles for children of any age as well as some books for adults and nonfiction readers," Adams said. "We also receive some craft and project and art kits, pencils, journals, diaries and posters."

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There will also be a limited number of computer software and game items available, according to Adams.

In addition to providing the public a chance to buy holiday gifts, the sale is a fundraiser for the Summit County Library System.

"The Summit County Library is a nonprofit organization and the Friends of the Summit County Library raises money for programming that benefits all of our patrons from the Summit County area," Adams said. "We generate funds through the event for our various library programs, and to support the library’s infrastructure."

The Friends of the Summit County Library recently purchased and set up a book drop-off box in the parking lot of the Kimball Junction Branch and the group has also purchased shelving for the Kamas Branch.

"We also have developed teen programs, children’s programs, winter programs and brought authors, entertainers and other special guests to the Summit County area with these funds," Adams said.

All of the books will be sold at bargain prices.

"Patrons can save up to 80 percent on the titles, and there are packs of books that will sell for $2 or less," Adams said.

People can also save more with a coupon found by visiting scholastic.com.

"They can register on the book warehouse page and print off a certificate that will give them a $10 discount off of a purchase of $50 or $25 off a $100 purchase," Adams said.

The biggest challenge that faces the Friends of the Summit County Library during the sale is helping the public maneuver through the thousands of books.

"We’re always in need of volunteers to staff the sales counter and help people seek titles," Adams said. "We have a lot of people who come to the sale who are looking to purchase holiday gifts for friends, families and even teachers at school."

People who want to volunteer can email Adams at utahadams@gmail.com .

"We extend the ability to volunteer primarily to people who are friends of the members of the Friends of the Summit Library and we hope they will join the organization to help us with our mission," she said. "As a volunteer, you do have benefits. Scholastic provides vouchers for every hour you work the sale."

When the sale wraps up, the Friends of the Summit County Library receives a cash payment from Scholastic. In addition, the children’s librarian has the opportunity to pick out books that will go directly into the library’s system.

"We hope people will come out and see what’s available this year," Adams said.

Friends of the Summit County Library will host the 2015 Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale at the Kimball Junction Branch, 1885 W. Ute Blvd., from Thursday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 6. The sale will run Thursday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.thesummitcountylibrary.org or http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/events/warehouse .