The Mount Airy Public Library’s spring used book sale has returned this week after an absence of a few years. The sale began on Wednesday with a first choice sale and will continue through Saturday.
“It’s the first spring sale since the closure of our store downtown,” said Christi Stevens, Friends of the Library president.
The Friends of the Library opened a year-round bookstore, “Between the Covers” in a retail space on Main Street on May 14, 2016. During the 18 months that venue was open, the group scaled back its semi-annual sales at the library to once each fall.
“We’re back now, and we’re planning a smaller sale in the summer,” said Stevens. “We’re doing some new things since we closed the store.”
“The book sales have been going on since long before I became involved,” said Stevens. “Since the early ’80s. Maybe longer. They’ve become a household name and are a big part of our success.”
“We had a really good fall sale,” said Stevens. “The book sales are our largest fundraiser right now. They typically bring in $2,500 to $3,500, and our goal is in that range. But more is always better.”
The funds raised provide support to the library’s summer reading program and other library programs, according to Stevens. “The summer reading program is very important, and after that, we branch out to help with whatever programs we can”
“Without funds from the Friends, programming would not be what it is. We help with whatever the library’s needs are. Where their budget cuts off is where we begin.”
Stevens characterized this sale as having a good selection, including a lot of hardcover fiction, oversized paperbacks, records (including a lot of vinyl), vintage books going back to the 1800s with a lot of books of poetry among them, good non-fiction, and a lot of children’s books and young adult.
“What we have to sell depends on the donations we get, and for this sale, there’s a wide variety.”
Though some of the books being sold are library books taken out of circulation, Stevens said 90 to 95 percent of the books are donated expressly for the sale, saying they come in all during the year.
“Some people come to the sale bringing books to donate, and then buy other books to take back home with them,” said Stevens.
The sale began on Wednesday with a first-choice preview, which offered hardbacks for $3 and paperbacks for $2. Prices are reduced to $2 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks on Thursday and Friday during regular library hours, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday wraps up the event with a half-price sale from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. when hardcovers will be $1 and paperbacks 50 cents.
The Mount Airy Public Library is located at 145 Rockford St.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.