Friday, February 28th, is a very important date at Manhattan Public Library. That’s the scheduled kick-off for the Manhattan Library Association’s annual book sale. For those unfamiliar with the event, it’s a three-day sale of gently used books, dvd’s, audiobooks, and more. With hardcover books going for $1.50 and dvd’s for $2, browsers are sure to discover stacks of treasures destined for home shelves.
Where and when does the sale take place? The library auditorium holds a majority of the materials, while the Groesbeck Room houses paperbacks, cd’s, lp’s and dvd’s. Hundreds of children’s books can also be found on tables near the auditorium. The sale is open to Manhattan Library Association members only from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday’s kick-off night, but memberships (starting at $10) are available at the door for those who wish to purchase on that first night. Saturday, March 1st, is open to all shoppers, and materials can be purchased from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday’s sale is highlighted by the Teen Library Advisory Board’s Annual Bake Sale from 10:00 to 2:00, so shoppers can also select some fantastic snacks. Sunday’s sale on March 2nd runs from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., with last-minute markdowns on remaining materials.
Why attend? Beyond the fact that shoppers can locate some terrific buys, there’s the angle of replenishing resources for the library. Manhattan Library Association collects materials, either those donated by library users or those removed from the library’s many collections, all year long. Rosie’s Corner, which is located near the library’s Tech Center, offers sale materials throughout the year, and next week’s annual book sale attracts hundreds of shoppers. The beauty of the sale process is that all proceeds go right back to the library, whether offsetting program expenses, paying for library fixtures, or funding collection purchases. Library users who have enrolled in summer reading or TALK book discussions have benefitted from MLA’s efforts. Library users who have admired the Aesop’s Fables Trellis or who have relaxed on the library’s lovely wooden benches have enjoyed MLA’s largesse. Manhattan Library Association’s role in library enhancement is crucial, and staff members are grateful for the ongoing support.
Who makes the arrangements for the sale? Some might think that this is an effort by library staff, but that would be wrong. A selfless group of MLA volunteers makes the event possible. Gary Jeffrey, who has been a devoted friend of the library for many years, is the chairman of the library sale. Gary goes far beyond ordinary volunteer efforts as he plans the layout of the sale, organizes a full staff of other volunteers to work during the three-day event, and answers any questions people might have. Wilma Schmeller and her crew of volunteers sort donations and price items, in addition to keeping Rosie’s Corner stocked with fresh materials all year long. And other kind friends, like Carol Oukrop, Cindy Jeffrey and Rosalie King, donate countless hours of work to this event.
Please plan to join us for some browsing at this year’s sale. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful bargains.