Sale is at the store and
coincides with the Potsdam Summer Festival. The first
year we had over 20,000 books and profited $4500 for
the library expansion
fund. July, 2003; we profited
$8800 for the library.
Our smaller Holiday
Sale is at the store and we try to
present books which could be given as gifts.
||Book Sale - May 2000
The Potsdam Public Library and The Friends of The Library group
once again extend a hearty thank you to Clarkson
Our store in the
basement of the Civic Center, under the Potsdam Public Library,
is currently open 3 hours per week; on Saturdays,
from 10am to 1pm. During that time, our sales usually
run $150 per week. The books are mostly donated by area residents,
with some coming from the discards at the library.
Hanneke LaFountain, President of the Friends Of The Library, stocks
shelves on the right while a customer is browsing on the
We want to expand our hours but need more volunteers to do so.
The work would involve selling and perhaps stocking some of
the shelves. Join
Also, at our
bookstore site, is our sorting area. As donated books are
received, they are sorted into 32 categories, depending on
value and content; it is the most interesting area of all
-- "you never know what is going to be in the next box!".
Our donors are very generous with their most precious books
and we try to make sure the library reaps the full benefit
of their worth. Of course, the library often finds sought-after
books for the collection, and that saves money which would
have been spent buying these titles. Volunteers are subjected
to a brief training session, so that books are sorted uniformly,
finding the optimal place for each donated book...
Our newest venture are the book sales at Amazon.com using the Marketplace --
a very fascinating part of our book sales -- where a good number
of books are sold at higher prices than would ordinarily be
received in the bookstore or at a regular book sale. This area
needs volunteers, to research books on the internet, so that
they could be competitively priced. A volunteer would
experience a brief training session, so that the research is
done uniformly, and so that the conditions of books would be
described in a consistent manner. Volunteers need only
to be intrigued by books and have minimal computer skills.