Friends of Library issues call for book donations
Everyone who attends the Friends of the Durham Library’s annual fall and spring book sales can attest to their popularity, as buyers go elbow-to-elbow looking for bargain prices for books, CDs and DVDs. The success of those annual events, along with everyday sales at the library system’s branches, has led to fewer books available for sale, and this week the library put out a call for more donations during the holiday season.
“We restock once or twice a week at each branch,” said Diane Formy-Duval, a member of the Friends group who volunteers at South Regional Library. Some of the increase in purchases comes from book sellers who use devices to scan bar codes looking for deals. “We’ve seen a slight increase in people who have scanners, but we don’t discourage them from coming because we feel like they’re shoppers, just like you and me,” Formy-Duval said. While the economy has had some impact on increased sales, she said, most of the buying is spurred by “people who love books and love to read. I hope that never changes.”
The library is looking for gently used books for children and adults, Formy-Duval said. The library also is accepting audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. Non-fiction, children’s books and African-American titles are of special interest, according to a library press release. (The Friends do not accept encyclopedias, magazines, cassettes or condensed books.)
In addition to the spring and fall sales, books are available for sale every day at the Main Library, East Regional, North Regional, South Regional, Southwest Regional, Stanford Warren, and in the book nook in the American Tobacco campus. Small donations (enough to fit into a brown paper grocery bag) are accepted at all locations. Larger donations should be brought to the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and noon.
Money from the sales supports library programs and services, along with scholarships for library employees seeking additional education in the field.
The spring book sale will be held April 11-13 at the Main Library.