Summit County Friends of the Library will sell used books
November 1, 2016
The Summit County Friends of the Library is starting a new program with used books.
Instead of partnering with Scholastic Books for its annual warehouse sale, the nonprofit is hosting a second used book sale this year.
The first sale was held in June, and the new upcoming sale will be Nov. 3-5 at the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch, 1885 W. Ute Blvd.
The Summit County Friends of the Library preview of books for members will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 3, and the sale will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 4-5.
"If nonmembers want to come on Thursday for the best selection of books, we are happy to make them members right away," Toni Adams, co-chair of the sale, told The Park Record. "Memberships are $10."
Also, those who bring an old Friends of the Library bag can fill it for $15, or people can buy a new bag and fill that for $18.
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Adams said the money will help the Friends of the Library supplement the Summit County Library's budget, Adams said.
"We have raised money to sponsor more programs that go on at the three different branches (Kimball Junction, Coalville and Kamas)," she said. "We sponsor the summer reading program every year and we sponsor prizes for the teen groups that meet at the library.
"Also, if anyone has special requests through the library, the Friends usually handles them," Adams said. "It's a great way for people who love books to give back to the library."
Friends of the Library decided to forego this year's Scholastic Books warehouse sale to host the used book sale.
"The warehouse sale was a good thing for us and we were able to raise a capped amount of revenue and receive a number of free new books through Scholastic," Adams said. "But we felt, through our group of volunteers, that we really know used books, because we are so blessed with all of the used book donations we get at the library.
"In addition, all the schools here have a good relationship with Scholastic, so we didn't want to step on anyone's toes," she said.
The books, which are culled from all three library branches, have been examined by volunteers, who sorted them into various genres: fiction, nonfiction, children's books, young adult books and adult books.
"We look at the titles and see if there are some we don't have or if we have too many of the same titles," Adams said. "We also look at the conditions of the books.
"I can't give you a very good estimate of how many books we have for sale, but I can tell you that every time we set up a used book sale, we fill up the auditorium," she said. "We will also offer a good selection of media such as DVDs, books on tape and things like that."
Adams said Summit County is lucky to have not only the Summit County Library branches, but also the Park City Library.
"There are joint sharing opportunities and good cooperation between the two, particularly for the students," she said. "Both libraries work together for community programs and there is a good synergy between us."
Friends of the Summit County Library used book sale will be held Nov. 3-5, at the Kimball Junction Branch, 1885 W. Ute Blvd. Thursday is the Summit County Friends of the Library members preview from 5-8 p.m. The sale will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.thesummitcountylibrary.org.