Avoid Inflation Sticker Shock, Come to Our Fall Used Book Sale!

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Friends used book sale will be held in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue, October 6-8. Sale hours match the Library’s open hours: Thursday 9:30 – 7:30, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 – 5:30.

More than 10,000 books, CDs and DVDs will be on sale at un-inflated prices. Generally hardback books will be $3, mass market paperbacks (which are 4″ wide) $1, all other paperbound books regardless of size $2. Children’s books are priced as marked. CDs and DVDs are $1, more for sets of them.

Book sellers alert: all materials in the sale have been reviewed for online sales by Friends of the Library.

On Saturday, everything will be on sale for $5 a grocery bag full.

While Friends used book sale events were suspended during the Pandemic, Friends memberships were extended to the end of calendar year 2022. Anyone wishing to join or renew their membership may do so at any time. The sale is convenient for many to do so. And memberships started or renewed at the sale will be good through the Fall 2023 sale. In coming sales, one day will be designated at member discount day: half off on all purchases that day for members.

Volunteers are essential to the sale. They are needed for set-up Saturday, October 1, 1:00 – 5:30, Monday thru Wednesday, October 3-5, from 9:30 to 6:30, for the sales desk Thursday 9:30 – 6:30, Friday and Saturday 9:30 – 5:30 and for clean-up Monday, October 10 from 9:30 to Noon. Volunteers can select two free books for each shift they serve. Interested? Please email Katie Allnutt allnutt@frontier.com

Avoid inflation sticker shock and come to the Friends Used Book Sale!

Spring Book Sale

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The Friends Spring Book Sale took place June 2-4 and netted over $6,000, surpassing expectations. Thanks to all our volunteers and customers!

All proceeds go to the Library including support for online and in-library presentations and the Summer Reading Program.

We anticipate having another sale in the Fall and, following the success of the most recent sale, may well have another three day sale.

Regarding memberships in Friends of the Forest Grove Library: all previous memberships are valid through the end of 2022. At the Fall 2022 book sale, or after, you can renew your membership through the Fall 2023 sale.

Be sure to be informed of the dates of the Fall sale by subscribing to this website.

Spring 2020 Used Book Sale put on hold

In response to the Coronavirus threat, to comply with city and state mandates and, most of all, for the safety of everyone, the scheduled Friends used book sale has been postponed until we can reschedule.
When a new date can be set we will post it on this website.
Be well, be safe, hunker down if you can.

On-going book sale in the Library

Friends are selling donated books in the Library all the time!  Look for a magenta book truck in the main entrance area.  You’ll find donated books in great condition with new stock on a regular basis.  Prices are marked on green stickers just inside the cover.  Most are going for $3.  Pay at the Circulation (or “checkout”) desk: cash or checks, please.three

As ever, all proceeds go to the Library!

What happens to the books you donate?

Books and other materials donated to the Forest Grove City Library are first reviewed by Library Staff to see if they should be added to the Library’s inventory.

For those that are not selected, and for books de-selected from the Library collection by staff, Friends of the Library volunteers check used book prices online to pick out those that are valued at $8 or more. Most of them will be put on sale at Amazon.com under Friends’ dealership name, “forestgrovelibraryfriends.”  Friends have more than 1,200 books on sale through Amazon and these online sales will net more than $5,000 for the Library during the Friends fiscal year.

Books in good condition that are not selected for online sales are sorted by Friends volunteers for the twice-a-year book sales and for ongoing sales in the library. The twice-a-year sales are Friends’ primary income source.  They have been making about $10,000 a year.  The ongoing in-library sales are a new Friends project.

Books left over from the twice-a-year sales are picked up by a private company, Better World Books. They sell books online and they also send books overseas to private non-profit organizations.  They also  provide us free boxes, free pick-up and give us a portion of their proceeds from sale of our books.

Making money for the Library is Friends’ first strategic priority but this process for library donations and discards has other benefits: (1) Between donations and discards, the library has around 12,000 books to dispose of every six months, (2) turning donations away would be bad for the Library’s public relations, (3) friends efforts make money for library programs and help recirculate these books in our own community.

Help Friends Help Your Library

Have your income taxes done at H&R Block, and take this form to your Block Tax Professional.  If you are a new Block customer, the company will give $20 to Friends of the Forest Grove Library.

Another way to easily donate to Friends is through the AmazonSmile program.  When Amazon customers log on through the smile.amazon.com site, 0.5% of the sales price of most of the items they purchase will be donated by the Amazon Foundation to Friends of the Forest Grove Library.  No cost is incurred by either the purchaser or Friends.  None of the purchaser’s privileges at Amazon (Amazon Prime benefits, for example) are affected when buying through AmazonSmile.

The first time you log on to smile.amazon.com, you will be asked to name the non-profit organization of your choice.  To do so, there is a search option.  The registered name for Friends is Friends of the Forest Grove Public Library, Inc.

This is an easy way to help your Friends of the Library and your Forest Grove City Library at no cost to you!  Make it a habit to log on to Amazon through smile.amazon.com.

 Or write a check!  We don’t have a ‘donate button’ on this website yet but don’t let that stop you from donating to Friends! Send your check, with a note that it’s a donation, to: Friends of the Forest Grove Library 2114 Pacific Ave. Forest Grove, OR 97116

Friends’ federal tax ID: 93-6089869