Last year, the Friends of the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach made about $7,000 from its book sale, one of the signature fundraisers for the group.
The money from the two annual sale periods goes to programs or things as simple as recovering chairs at the library, said Dot Lane, a Friends’ board member who is running the sale this year with her husband, Joe.
And Lane said that although the August sale lasts a longer period of time, she expects to bring in about $2,000 through the sale this week.
Geared towards Presidents’ Day travelers, the Friends will hold their book sale from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the library in Bethany.
“This book sale, we feel, makes a little bit of money and provides a service,” Lane said. “People do a lot of reading when they come to the beach.”
Most of the books to be sold at this weekend’s sale are donated by patrons of the library, but sometimes the library is cleaning its inventory out and will sell some from its collection, including bestsellers and children’s books. The Friends will also sell audio books, CD’s and DVD’s at this weekend’s book sale.
CD’s and DVD’s will go for $2 this weekend and paperback books will range in price from 50-cents to $1. Hardcover books, most of which will be in very good shape, will be sold for $2.
“For $2, you don’t mind buying a book for the beach house,” Lane said, mentioning that many seasonal residents will be down for the three-day holiday weekend.
But she did say that Presidents’ Day weekend is unpredictable. Most seasonal residents tend to visit for the three days but this is undoubtedly the smaller money-earner of the two book sales.
August’s event usually draws more attendees for the obvious reason. But the money made at this weekend’s sale will still be put to good use at the library, said June Moran, South Coastal’s director.
Among other things, the money raised through the sale will benefit the library’s monthly newsletter, its Classical Concert Series in the summer and it will go to replenish needs in the its book collection.
All in all, the book sale is the second largest fundraiser for the library, behind the house tour, and it is quite the beneficial event.
“It’s an excellent fundraiser,” Moran said. “It’s allows us to accept donations from out patrons.”
Lane, who has been working with the Friends for about three years, agreed with the director.
“Whatever she asks for, we can usually manage,” she said. “It just keeps the library moving along.”