Summit County Library holds sale |

Summit County Library holds sale

The annual used book sale to support the Summit County Library will begin Thursday at 5 p.m.

The sale is held over Memorial Day weekend every year at the Kimball Junction branch at 1885 W. Ute Boulevard. It is organized by the Friends of the Summit County Libraries.

This year’s event begins with a members-only sneak preview on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. People can join the Friends or renew their membership for $10 at the event.

The regular public sale begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 27, and goes to 6 p.m. The sale will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

To participate, buy a Friends of the Library reusable bag for $15 and put as many used books, videos, DVDs and audiocassettes in it as you wish. The cost with bags from previous years is $12.

The Bargain Blow-out day is Monday, May 30, from noon to 5 p.m. The cost is only $5 and any size bag can be used.

Individual items are $1 or less all four days.

The proceeds from the sale of books and bags support the acquisition of new materials for the county’s library system and to fund library programs.

If you need a reminder, there’s a good chance a large banner will be hung along S.R. 224 to remind passersby of the event. The Summit County Council will review an application for a special exception to the Basin sign code at its May 25 meeting in Sheldon Richins Building, which also hosts the library. Public input will be heard.

The County Council has already unanimously expressed its support for hanging a temporary banner in front of the library to promote the annual event.

Tina Blake, president of the Friends, encourages people to attend Wednesday’s meeting and support the promotion of the sale.

Blake said this event is unique in that the county library system does not allow a professional bookseller to preview the collection and glean the most valuable items.

The books and movies for sale are from the library’s own collections as well as donated items from the community. Real treasures have been found in the past, Blake said.

One year a first edition copy of "Out of Africa" was found. Many patrons find missing volumes from series they collect, she said. School teachers buy the children’s books for their classroom libraries.

It’s always a good time to donate books to the library, Blake said. If an item does not make it into this year’s event, it will either be marked for sale on a rack in the library or held for next year.

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