Bargains abound at Friends book sale this weekend
By Cheryl Bates
If you are looking for an inexpensive outing that costs only a few dollars then be sure and shop the Friends of the Brentwood Library’s book sale this week. With prices starting at a mere 50 cents for paperbacks and $3 for hardbacks, you can walk away with an armload of books that will provide hours of entertainment for your whole family.
The sale began yesterday at the Brentwood Public Library and continues through Saturday, July 25. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, July 24, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.
This fundraiser, which started in the early 1980s as a yearly sale, has grown to a quarterly sale thanks to the overwhelming donations made by the community.
“People are so generous,” said Friends Historian Pat Buzzell. “We get everything from children’s books and videos to newly-released bestsellers.” Since The Friends receive donations year-round they have a wide variety of books available at great prices.
This sale is a great opportunity for members of the community to get some exceptional deals and also help support a local library. The Friends have raised more than $30,000 from their past three book sales. This money goes straight to the Brentwood Library to purchase books, computers and support the summer reading programs. This year local children have enjoyed performances by magicians, ventriloquists, storytellers and musicians thanks to The Friends.
The Friends of the Brentwood Library is a non-profit service organization that has provided support to the Brentwood Library
for more than 25 years. They are fortunate to have more than 100 members who give of their time and talent especially in preparation for each of the quarterly book sales.
Prior to the sale all the books are sorted and categorized to make finding a specific genre easier for the shoppers. The night before the sale The Friends begin the task of moving book-filled crates from their storage space into a meeting room in the library. A bonus for members is pizza before set-up and a little pre-sale shopping afterwards. Members also work during the event by assisting shoppers, restocking and straightening the books and of course putting everything away at the end of the event.
“I am not sure if it is for the camaraderie or the free pizza but we always plenty of volunteers who show up to help set-up for the sale,” Buzzell said with a chuckle.
With the constant influx of donations The Friends have discovered several ways to sell books in between their quarterly sales. They have an ongoing mini-sale at the library where patrons can purchase paperback books for 50 cents. The Friends are also reaching beyond the boundaries of Williamson County and selling books across the globe via a virtual bookstore they set up on Amazon. According to Buzzell, over the past 12 months they have made more than $20,000 through this endeavor. Currently they have close to 3,000 books listed on their Amazon storefront at http://www.amazon.com/shops/friendsbooksters .
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends you can visit the Brentwood Public Library and pick up a membership card at the front desk. Dues are $20 annually for individuals, $30 for families and $200 for a lifetime membership.
In addition, The Friends accept donations year-round of used books for their quarterly sales. Donations can be dropped off at the checkout counter at the library during normal business hours.
Posted on: 7/22/2009