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Anatomy of a Book Sale

We know you’ve come out to shop our book sales and support Poudre River Friends of the Library. Did you ever think about what went on before the doors open on the first day of the sale? This time lapse video from our fellow Friends of the Library group in San Luis Obispo, California, captures the frenetic pre-sale activity. Thank you, San Luis Obispo Friends, for giving us permission to share this!  Be sure to turn on your sound, and you can watch it in full screen.



Book Sale Facts & Figures:

  • It takes about 300 hours of volunteer time to haul books, set up tables, and provide floor volunteers and cashiers at one of our sales.
  • We transport an average of 200-250 boxes of books to each book sale, in rented trucks and private vehicles.
  • Around 30-35 tables are set up to accommodate books, cashiers and check-out stations.
  • We usually sell in the vicinity of 3000-4000 books at each sale.
  • A permanent volunteer group of more than 2 dozen people pick up donated books, transport them to our sorting center, and process them in advance of the sales – and they work year-round, spending more than 200 hours every month!
  • Our sale volunteers often include CSU fraternity and sorority members and also mothers and daughters from the National Charity League.
  • All these hours of volunteer labor = $40,000 in revenue to benefit Poudre Libraries!

Here is a link to The Poudre River Library District home page

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