The Friends of The Joshua Hyde Public Library welcomes book donations! The books that you donate are sold at our book sales throughout the year. Our sale of books provides over 40% of our income so please help us by bringing in your books. Proceeds from all sales help support programs at The Joshua Hyde Public Library. The book sales provide an outstanding opportunity to purchase books and other items at incredibly low prices! Most books are priced 50¢ to $1.
Click on the following items to learn more about each way to lend a hand:
In between our 3 annual book sales there will be a selection of books available to purchase. Visit our book sale “store” across from the main desk and upstairs in the loft. Same great prices – $1 for hardcover; 50¢ for paperbacks and children’s books.
Bailey Applegate, the artist who made The Store Upstairs painting, is offering art prints of the painting for sale. Not only did she donate the painting to our store, but she is also donating to the Friends some of the proceeds from the sales of prints of the painting.
* Books can be donated anytime the library is open *
We happily welcome your donations of the following:
- Hardcover and paperback books in good condition
- Adult fiction and non-fiction in fields such as biographies, cookbooks, history, medical/health, crafts, gardening, sports, the arts. Large print books are especially welcome.
- Children’s books – board books through young adult
- Art prints & posters
- DVDs, CD’s, Video games (in good condition)
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept:
- Books that are moldy, mildewed, food-stained, heavily highlighted, or falling apart. Materials previously stored in basements or garages need special checking.
If they smell, they can’t sell.
- Condensed books, magazines, encyclopedias
- VHS videotapes or cassette tapes
- Medical, legal, business and computer books older than five years
- Business, computer, travel guides & encyclopedias published more than 5 years ago
- Medical, legal and computer books older than five years
- Travel books by AAA, Fodor, Frommer, etc older than five years
- School textbooks that are no longer used
- Used Children’s sticker books
- Academic, scientific, medical, or similar professional journals. A local university library is most likely to be interested
Many volunteers are needed to prepare for and work the day of the book sales. Below are some of the ways you can help if you are interested in volunteering.
Sort donated books – as books are donated we sort them into categories – children’s, adult fiction and non-fiction. Experienced sorters can help get you started.
Organize shelves – non-fiction and fiction categories need to be arranged to be easier for people to find what they are looking for. History, crafts, cookbooks, biographies, medical/self help etc. need to be arranged in some order. Some categories such as mysteries and romance need to be alphabetized.
Publicity – prepare flyers and/or distribute them to local businesses, schools, other community locations and groups. Post notices in the library.
Get the word out… Facebook, other social media
Set-up – day or two before the sale. Get tables out and set up. Move the shelves out (many are on wheels). Move the boxes of books out to the tables. Label the shelves, putting up signs – prepare new ones as needed.
Day of Sale – Cashier, volunteer staff circulating to help customers and to keep shelves straightened, Clean up – put books and movable shelves away in back room, put tables away, clean up and leave room ready to be used for library programs.
You can contact us by e-mail, contact the Book Sale Coordinator directly, or you can leave your name and phone number or e-mail at the front desk at the library. When the sorting schedule is posted, you are welcome to just show up on the day and time scheduled.
Book Sale Coordinator
Jane Zavistoski 508-347-9252 firstname.lastname@example.org