Summit County Library preps for book sale
The holiday season is a time for giving, whether it be giving time, service or gifts wrapped in shiny paper. This year the Summit County Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Library, hope to give the gift of knowledge.
On Dec. 1 and 2, with a Friends of the Library preview on Nov. 30, the Summit County Library will hold a half-price warehouse book sale.
The sale will take place in the auditorium next to the main branch of the Summit County Library at Kimball Junction. There will be a special preview session for members or the Friends of the Library Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. and signups will be available at the door. Membership fees are $10 per year and proceeds go to the Library.
The public sale will take place on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"The books come from Scholastic." said Michelle Pearce, librarian at the Summit County Library. "There will be both juvenile and young adult books, but we never know what’s going to show up."
She said the past two years Scholastic has also sent stocking stuffers like pencils, pens, erasers, bookmarks craft kits, journals, calendars and kids software to go along with the new soft and hardbound books.
Judging from the local response from the event from the last two years, Pearce said they are planning for another large turnout.
"This in the third year and we have always had an overwhelming response," she said. "We have huge turnouts. Our patrons are familiar with it because they’ve done it before and also they know about it because we put the word out. We usually do them twice a year, once in the summer, once in the winter."
The book sale in the summer offers donated books, while the winter sale only includes new books. Because the new books are priced as low as $1, she said they sell quickly and often are donated back for the summer sale.
"A lot of the new books we sell come back to us in the used book sales, so sometime we can make a triple profit," she said. "Proceeds go right back into the library. The money goes to buy books, CDs, DVDs, anything that we need."
Because the books sell quickly, Pearce said there is a great advantage to being a Friends of the Library member and being able to come to the preview to get the first chance at the books.
"They can come that evening and it’s just a short form with their name and their address and then pay a $10 fee," Pearce said. "It gives them first choice and any time we have anything like this Friends of the Library get a first night."
The Friends of the Library are supporters of the Summit County Libraries and help by donating their annual dues to buy more books and other necessary supplies. Members also get first chance at the summer book sale.
"Friends get a tote bag at sign up and during the used book sale in the summer they are able to fill their bags up with used books as much as they can fit in there for $1," Pearce said. "It’s a great deal and all the proceeds from that go back to library."
Pearce said the timing of the winter sale is set up so that parents and friends can buy books for children at a lower price, which generally means more books for more kids. It also helps carry the library into the new year and allows them to stock the shelves.
"The biggest reason is so that people in the public that might not be able to pay full price for books can get them through the sale," she said. "This is a great time for them to get some deep discounts. Anytime they come to a book sale they money goes right back into the library so they’re also helping to fund the library and we’re able to purchase more material for everyone."
Although most of the patrons of the book sale are Park City and Summit County residents, Pearce said they have "regulars" from Salt Lake, Utah and Wasatch counties, as well as from out of state.
"Outside of Summit County we have a lot of patrons," she said. "We have vacationers here who plan trips by the book sales."
For more information about the book sale, the Friends of the Library or other events at the Summit County Library, call 615-3900.
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