“We have the best book store in town,” says Shirley Johnston, manager of the book sale room – at the Ormond Beach Library. “People don't think of the library as a place to purchase books, says Johnston, but our regular customers think of us as a hidden treasure.”
Much of the merchandise is donated by library patrons. It includes new and gently used hardcover books, paperback books, CD’s, DVD’s, VHS, and magazines. The room is staffed completely by volunteers from the Friends of the Library, and it features a terrific selection, at unbeatable prices.
According to Friends President, Carol Johnson, “The Book Sale Room is our major fund-raising source. Along with membership fees and donations, it allows us to fund adult and children programs, pay for books, dvds, computer equipment – and much more. State and County funding for libraries continues to decline, but the need for quality programs is high. You'd probably be interested to learn that county budgets include contributions from the Friends as a line item, which puts some pressure on us. Our ongoing activities provide money for projects that might not otherwise be funded.”
Patrons discover great bargains!
Shirley Johnston, Book Sale Room Chairperson
sorts the paperback books.
“We are very grateful for the donations made to the Book Sale Room,” says Shirley Johnston. It allows us to sell books at the lowest imaginable prices – and get books into the hands of people who might not otherwise be able to afford them. Our prices range from 25 cents to $3.00. And the $3.00 price tag goes only on the newest of hard cover books. Our signs read "All books are 25 cents unless otherwise marked"; and we aren't kidding.
”Again, this is possible only with volunteer help. Says Johnston, “We have a dozen volunteers who come in for a few hours a week – and one who drops by at least daily – to cull through and price books, and keep the area looking neat and inviting. It's a lot of work – and it's a labor of love.” The only complaint from patrons, say the volunteers, is that we are simply not able to alphabetize all the fiction books. They are working on getting the non-fiction books organized into their various categories such as travel, military, spiritual and other categories, but are often overwhelmed with the sheer number of donations.