Library Links: Get Ready for Dyer Library’s Huge Annual Book Sales

Every year, the Dyer Library hosts a gigantic annual book sale. Even during the height of the Covid pandemic, we have been able to find a way to make book sales work. It represents an important fundraiser for this nonprofit and we would be hard-pressed to go on without it. But the other part of the reason for selling the books annually is simply the need to clear out the huge collection of used books, which takes up almost the entire attic of the library, by the time the sale approaches. However, it’s worth mentioning that this year is a little different.

Possibly because people were using their pandemic downtime to clean up their homes, or maybe because there are fewer libraries these days that even accept donations, we’ve been inundated with books. Book sales will be even more extensive than usual with thousands upon thousands of titles to choose from. The attic is in danger of overflowing into downstairs spaces as book sales opening day approaches, and luckily that will be pretty soon. It will open on Saturday, July 23 at 9:30 a.m. and will run through August this year. Please mark your calendars and bring your bags so you can take advantage of THE used book sale in southern Maine!

But this year we need more from you – if you’re a bibliophile, as you probably are if you’re reading this story. Over the past few years, Patty, a truly dedicated volunteer to whom we are immensely grateful, has taken on the responsibility of sorting the donations and withdrawing books in the many categories that make our book sale so easy to shop. I carry the books to the attic and she comes by, sometimes once a week, or, if there are many donations, more often, sorting and packing the books for the upcoming sale. Without her work, our sales would be a complete disaster. And now she is retiring. Yaks!

We urgently need a fearless person to take on her work. There are benefits. The sorter is the first to see all those books, and some of them are really remarkable. He/she does not have to carry them up the stairs, but must be strong enough to move the sorted books from one side of the attic to the other. The sorter chooses its own schedule and works at its own pace. The sorter is the first and most crucial step in finding good homes for all those wonderful books. Call me at 283-3861, ext. 101 or email me at [email protected] if you’d like to stop by to check out this exciting volunteer opportunity.

Furthermore, I may mention that on Thursday 14th July we will start sliding the packed books down our very inventive ramp, then carrying them to the tables and setting them down. Volunteers would always be so welcome! Call ahead or just show up that day or the following week. We’ll see you then – or at the sale.

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