ELYRIA – It’s hard to know what treasures one may find among the more than 65,000 books, DVDs, CDs and videos for sale at the sixth annual Ohio’s Largest Public Library Book Sale.
Browsers can often unearth a few literary finds, but even if they don’t, it’s still fun to hunt.
“It’s hard to believe that people actually start lining up about two hours before the sale opens,” said Linda Chapin, president of the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Library and co-chair of the book sale committee. “They have stood in line during all kinds of weather with their own crates, boxes and bags to be the first to get the books they want.”
The Friends of the Elyria Public Library System and the Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Library take on this gargantuan project to support the needs of the Elyria Public Library System.
“It’s a huge, year-round job, but people come by the hundreds to support us,” Chapin said.
Items for sale come mostly from donations, which were so overwhelming this year that volunteers had to stop accepting them at the end of May.
“We just couldn’t take any more,” Chapin said. “We’ll let everyone know when the collecting will begin again.”
Everything for sale has been collected in the past year.
“All items in the sale are new this year,” said Sandra Zaborniak, president of the Elyria Friends and co-chair of the Book Sale Committee. “Nothing is left over from the year before. About 85 percent of the items are from private donations, with about 15 percent coming from library withdrawals. There’s truly something for everyone.”
While the book sale is a great place to start your holiday – VHS tapes are five for a $1, children’s and young adult books are 50 cents each, and on the last day, $5 will get you all the books that can fit into a brown-paper grocery bag – the book sale is all about raising money for the library and the activities it sponsors.
Last year’s sale raised nearly $20,000.
“This year, we’re hoping to go way past that amount to help our library,” Chapin said.
In the past five years, the sales have grossed a total of more than $100,000.
“The money we raise is used by the library to bring special programming to its patrons like authors and speakers, as well as to purchase new computers and other equipment so the library can continue to offer its great service,” Zaborniak said. “As everyone knows, the libraries of Ohio are in need of our support this year more than ever.”
The Elyria Public Library System has lost $550,000 in outside funding in 2009 and will lose an additional $700,000 in 2010. On top of that, there is the possibility of a 10 percent reduction in the money the system receives locally due to the reassessments of property valuations, said Janet Stoffer, executive director of the library system.
The state budget passed by lawmakers on July 13 reduced the Public Library Fund by approximately $84 million, or 11 percent, over two years in the 2010-11 budget.
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Buy some books, support the system
The sixth annual Ohio’s Largest Public Library Book Sale runs 10 a.m. Thursday through Oct. 18 at St. John Lutheran Church, 140 West River Road N. in Elyria, behind the IHOP Restaurant.
Scanners are permitted during the sale, and free Wi-Fi is available from the West River Library across the street from the sale.
• 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $5, or $10 per family.
• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free admission
• 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. General sale is $5 a bag.