Park City Library benefits from used book sale
What: The Friends of the Park City Library used book sale
When: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1; and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2
Where: Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.
The Friends of the Park City Library hopes to make some money with its used book sale this weekend.
The event, which will run from Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2 on the third floor of the Park City Library, will offer hundreds of books of all genres, including culinary, nonfiction and young-adult fiction, said Jean Daly, co-president of the Friends of the Park City Library.
“We will also have some coffee table books, and a lot of children’s picture books,” Daly said during a joint interview with the sale’s co-chairwoman Anne Whitworth.
The sale will open for Friends of the Park City Library members at 9 a.m. on Saturday, before it opens to the public at 10:30 a.m. The sale will also open at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and Monday.
“We have boxes and boxes of books we want to sell,” Daly said.
Volunteers are needed to help unpack the boxes and set up the tables, too, said sale co-chair Anne Whitworth. People interested in helping can sign up by visiting signupgenius.com/go/70a0e49aca82ca13-library2.
“Even if people don’t sign up, they can just show up and we’ll put them to work,” Whitworth said. “If they come to volunteer, they can buy books before the sale is even open.”
Funds from the sale, which is the Friends of the Park City Library’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will help supplement the library’s annual budget for additional library needs, Daly said, including a $50,000 automated book sorter that will save the staff about 40 hours of work per week, books for the Park City Library’s book club, and the maintenance of five small libraries at the Peace House, the Park City Ice Arena, City Hall, the Senior Center and at the PC MARC.
“The book sorter will be purchased through a partnership with Park City, the library and Friends of the Park City Library,” Daly said.
Another program the money will support is the library’s free Voices on the Hill concert series from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, she said.
To further library patrons’ experiences on the patio and library field, the money raised by the the book sale also fund the recreational items people and pets use on the library field, she said.
In addition, the book sale will also help raise money for laminated bicycle and motorcycle trail maps of the West and for art events, Whitworth said.
“This is part of a regional program that creates maps that show these trails throughout the west,” she said.
Book-sale money will also sponsor art and literary events, according to Whitworth.
“We help pay for exhibit receptions for artists who show their creations at the library throughout the year,” she said. “We also help with the Utah Humanities Book Festival events that come to the library.”
Those events include author presentations and book signing, Whitworth said.
“On Sept 19, we have scheduled five local writers to participate in the annual Wasatch Back Local Author Night,” she said. “We are sponsoring the public reception for the event.”
Bonnie Bedford, Bill Humbert, Carly Bennett Stenmark, Liz Yokubison and Bevery Hurwitz are set to participate, Whitworth said.
Books and tools aren’t the only things the proceeds help purchase, she said.
“We are also able to help with staff development,” she said. “A portion of the money is used to send staff to librarian and leadership conferences and training workshops throughout the year.”
“We held an informal pop-up book sale over the Fourth of July weekend, and it was so much fun,” she said. “It was the first time we did that. We had hundreds of people stop by.”
Community support is the reason why the Friends of the Park City Library’s used book sales succeed, Daly said.
“We have, over the years, experienced the overwhelming generosity of people who live in Park City,” she said. “They are the greatest.”
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