Bookworms find bargains at the Labor Day Used Book Sale |

Bookworms find bargains at the Labor Day Used Book Sale

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

School is back in session, daylight hours are waning, and soon enough cooler temperatures will preclude activities that have filled the dog days of summer. What better time to stock up on a new selection of books for the long winter to come?

The Friends of the Park City Library, a nonprofit volunteer-driven group, will host its annual Used Book Sale this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, at the Jim Santy Auditorium, located on the second floor of the public library at 1255 Park Avenue.

The sale features thousands of books that are donated by patrons of the library and local organizations. Everyone is invited to browse the assortment and take home as many books as they can carry.

The event kicks off with a preview Friday evening, Sept. 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Members of the Friends of the Library are invited to peruse the collection while enjoying food and beverages with fellow booklovers. Memberships can be purchased at the door for $15 for individuals or $25 for families.

The sale will be open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those looking to substantially bolster their own book collections will want to show up between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday for the Bargain Bag Sale. For $5, shoppers cram as many books as they can into a large paper shopping bag. Two bags are $8, and additional bags are $4 a piece.

The organizers of this year’s event say they have a large selection of books including current bestsellers, children’s books, history, science and travel books, romance novels, cookbooks and coffee-table books. "I don’t know how many thousands of books we have, but it completely fills the auditorium," says Trine Nielsen, co-president of the Friends of the Library.

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And books aren’t the only things you’ll find at rock-bottom prices. The fundraiser also proffers books on tape, CDs, DVDs, children’s puzzles and games.

Each year, the book sale raises about $10,000 to $12,000 for the Park City Library. "They have a very tight budget right now – tighter than ever, so it helps with things that they can’t fit into the budget or things that come up during the year," says Nielsen.

Among the items the Friends of the Library have previously funded are a machine that seals hardbacks and paperbacks in plastic, new exhibit panels, furniture for the kids’ and teen areas, a disc cleaner for CDs and DVDs, and of course, plenty of books.

The group is also seeking volunteers to help out with the sale throughout the weekend. To sign up, call Barbara Bretz at 615-8442 or email . Book donations are accepted year-round and may be left with the staff at the circulation desk.

For more information about library services and the Friends of the Park City Library, visit