Last July we at the Dyer Library hosted our huge annual book sale, almost as usual. Although we had the 15,000 or so books on display, we limited the number of people who could come shopping, at least on the early days when there was the typical rush. The big difference was that at the end of July the book sale did not take place. Not being able to use our rooms for meetings or programs due to Covid, we just kept the book sale open year round. It turned out that there were a few advantages to this. The first was that we were able to make more money from selling books this year than ever before. Considering that no book cost more than $ 1.50 and many were much less, we still managed to raise over $ 14,000 to support the Dyer Library and the Saco Museum. The second benefit was that people desperate for reading material could create inexpensive but satisfying home collections.
Throughout the year, book donations have poured in and we have also cleaned our collection to keep it fresh and up to date. This means that we have amassed a large quantity of new books for the next book sale which will open on Saturday July 24 at 9:30 am. It also means that the remainder of this year’s sale – thousands upon thousands of high quality books – WE MUST GO! The bedrooms need to be cleared and the tables bare by early July in order to have a place to store a huge loft of books for the next sale.
What does this mean to you? To quote a current TV commercial, “Free. Free, free, free. Release. FREE !!! “All remaining books, audios, DVDs, etc. are FREE. We have plenty of grocery bags to wrap them up. No amount you take is too much. Take one. Take 10. Take 2,000. Please just take them.
The annual book sale is open whenever the library is open. Please don’t miss this opportunity to expand your personal library, collect books to sell or simply save them from whatever their fate! Hope to see you very soon.