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Thousands of used books will benefit Summit County Library branches

Racks filled with used books will be moved from the basement of the Summit County Library’s Kimball Junction branch to the auditorium for the Friends of the Library’s used book sale next weekend.
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The Friends of the Summit County Library used book sale

Member preview at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 13; public sale at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15

The Summit County Library Kimball Junction branch, 1255 W. Ute Blvd.

The Friends of the Summit County Library’s summer used book sale, which is scheduled to run from Thursday to Saturday at the Kimball Junction branch, will feature thousands of books, according to co-chairs Toni Adams and Molly Dillon.

The sale will open with a Friends of the Library members preview at 5 p.m. on Thursday, then open to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Memberships will be available for $10 Thursday night.

“It’s worth becoming a member so you can have first crack at the books before the public,” Adams said.

Browsing the public sale is free, Dillon said.

“If you bring an old Friends of the Library bag, you can fill it for $15,” she said. “We’ll have new bags that can be filled for $18.”

Individual hardcovers will be sold for $1. Paperbacks and young adults hardcovers will cost 50 cents. And young adult paperbacks will be sold for 25 cents.

Book categories include fiction, nonfiction, kids’ books, teachers’ workbooks and coffee table books, which have been donated by Summit County residents, local schools and pulled from the collections of the three different Summit County Library branches, according to Adams.

“We used to work with Scholastic in the past for their warehouse sales, but since we get so many used-book donations it made more sense to do our own sale,” she said.

The sale is one of the largest fundraisers for Friends of the Summit County Library, a nonprofit that supplements the library’s resources through volunteering and fundraising, Dillon said.

The money from past sales helped purchase mobile book racks that are brought up from the basement to the auditorium of the Kimball Junction branch, according to Dillon. Money from fundraisers was also used to fulfill special book requests and buy equipment for the new building housing the Kamas branch.

“Friends of the Library stepped in to help get brand new shelving, new computers and other amenities that weren’t in the budget,” Dillon said.

In addition, portions of the used book sale funds helped facilitate teen programs in the three branches, Adams said. Those programs included a Nerf war at the Kimball Junction branch.

“More than 60 teens showed up for the battle,” Adams said.

Teens also participated in various service projects that coincided with last year’s summer reading theme: Build a Better World.

The Kimball Junction branch project involved putting together 164 hygiene kits that were sent to the Volunteers of America’s Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City, Adams said. Teens also assembled 18 backpacks that were donated to the Christian Center of Park City.

Teens participating in the Kamas Valley branch service project read books and played music for residents of the Elk Meadows Assisted Living community in Oakley.

The Coalville branch project brought in artist Ben Behunin for an interactive activity that included creating and designing stepping stones out of cement to improve the entry of the Summit County Fairgrounds and the Storywalk area.

“It is great to get these kids involved in these types of programs,” Dillon said.

Friends of the Summit County Library members get to help decide how the money from the book sale is used.

“When the libraries have a need — supplies or programs — members can vote on these items,” Dillon said. “Members can also make suggestions of how we can support the library.”

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