Whenever possible, I like to marry my purchasing of new books with my support of the local community. This weekend I had an opportunity to do just that. My local library held a book sale to raise money for new acquisitions, program expansions, and building renovations. The books sold included all genres and either came from donations or were older books that no longer circulated.
Though used books can be a bit of a gamble – you never know if they are secretly missing a few pages in the middle – I love being able to help my local library by participating in these sales. Many libraries and nonprofits sell books cheaply as part of fundraising efforts, so I suggest you check out your library’s schedule and see when the next sale will be. Prices are often as cheap as $0.25 per title, and with that little money involved, the sales can be a great opportunity to explore genres that you might not otherwise read.
If you live in the US and want to track down more book sales, I suggest you visit the Book Sale Finder. It lists an assortment of upcoming book sales and provides information about the number and type of titles available. Unfortunately the website itself is not the most beautiful thing in the world, but it certainly gets the job done.
Like many of you, I have reserved a fond place in my heart for libraries; they help kids grow, provide reading materials and resources to all people, and offer spaces for community events. Unfortunately many of them are underfunded. Supporting events like library book sales is a wonderful way for me to give back to libraries and show my love of reading.
If there is a book sale near you, I recommend that you check it out! And feel free to share your tales of bringing back bags of books from sales like these. Living vicariously through other people’s book hauls is almost as exciting as experiencing them firsthand.