MONTROSE—(September 17, 2013) It’s not as easy as it looks—volunteers spend hours pouring over books in a back room, elbow to elbow in a small space. The Friends of the Montrose Library used book sale has been going on for so many years, even organizers have a hard time recalling just how long. However, despite its age, the event has remained flexible and light on its feet, keeping pace with the ever changing world of literature.
“We have tried over time to improve the quality of the books we put on sale,” organizer and Friends of the Montrose Library President Dora Cornman said. “Now, we have a crew who researches donations and assesses values. It really is a tremendous amount of work—we have people who bring us 20 to 25 boxes of books at a time.”
Fortunately, all that work benefits you! Once the library chooses the books it will put on its shelves for the public, they will throw the doors open to shoppers, beginning with the Friends of the Library at 7 a.m. on Sept. 18, and to the general public at noon on Sept. 19. The sale runs through Sept. 21. This year’s sale once again includes a special section for readers seeking a little “more.”
“These books are not necessarily valuable, but interesting,” Cornman said. “It segregates books for those looking for something a little newer, perhaps enhanced. This section has been very well received.”
The idea is to put more books on shelves, and keep them out of the landfill, she said. And though the long hours of hard work are done behind the scenes, there can be rewards.
“Sometimes, buried in all of those boxes, we find something valuable,” Cornman said. “It takes lots of manpower and there’s not much space. We work closely together, but we all get along well and do the best we can!”
“Yes, we know the Library is closed on Saturdays,” Volunteer Dennis Olmstead said. “The book sale is in the Library Meeting Room, and will be open with lots of excellent used books!”
To learn more, call the Friends of the Montrose Library at 970-249-1835.