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Libraries: Used book sales offer high-quality bargains

There may not be a bonafide big bookstore in Grand County.

But there are three bonafide big book sales of quality used books that take place each summer. These are the used book sales sponsored by the Friends of the Grand County Libraries that take place in Granby (July 3-4), Grand Lake (July 19-20) and Fraser (July 26-27).

“We know people in Grand County read good books. They buy good books and they donate good books,” said Joan Shaw, a member of the Friends of the Grand County Libraries who is helping with the Fraser Valley Library used book sale.

You could think of these sales as a form of recycling.

You could think of them as bargain shopping.

You could think of them as a great excuse to help out @ Your Library.

This year the Friends of the Grand County Libraries used book sales are offering many new features along with their convenient scheduling around community events.

Aside from offering a superb and diverse selection of used books for adults and children at low prices, the sales also offer books on CD, music CDs and movies on VHS and DVD. Even better, all the money accrued from the sales goes toward the other great book resources in Grand County ” the Grand County Libraries.

Be sure and mark your calendars for the following events:

Granby Used Book Sale – July 3-4

The Granby Book Sale takes place July 4 at the Granby Library from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. before, during and after the Granby July 4th parade. There will be a “First Picks” presale of used books from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 3. Members of the Friends of the Grand County Libraries will be admitted free. All others will be charged an admission of $5. Join the Friends right there and save five dollars!

New at the Granby sale will be live entertainment, adding to the feel that the sale is a big community event. Three local bands are playing in the Granby Library courtyard so shoppers can peruse the great selection and be entertained at the same time. The bands performing are The Runaways, 3rd Time Lucky and the Colorado Highlanders Pipes and Drums.

Grand Lake Used Book Sale – July 19-20

The Juniper Library sale takes place during the Buffalo Barbecue Days, Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), July 19-20. Watch for the convenient location of this very popular event that creates an interesting and productive diversion during the weekend’s festivities.

Fraser Valley Used Book Sale – July 26-27

The big news for Fraser Valley book shoppers is that the popular Fraser Valley sale takes place in a new location this year.

Rather than at the Winter Park Art Affair venue, it is set to take place at the Fraser Valley Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The sale will be in the Fraser Valley Library Urban Community Meeting Room. The new location provides ample parking and rain protection.

There will still be major linkage with the ever-popular Winter Park ArtAffair where there will be a Friends stand with directions to the used book sale at the library and information on joining the Friends of the Library.

“It will be indoors, but we have so many books this year that there’ll be some tables outside,” said Joan Shaw, a member of the Friends who’s been instrumental in coordinating this year’s sale. “We have very many good books.”

There will also be a rare books section that may be of interest to collectors, Shaw said. Marty Williams has been sorting and cataloging those books in preparation for the sale. The “early bird” pre-sale would be the best time for people interested in rare books to show up.

The presale takes place 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening (July 25). As in Granby, the presale is free for Friends members and $5 for others. Friends memberships are sold at the door.

The collection of books and materials for these sales is currently taking place. All libraries are accepting book donations for these sales. Bring your gently used books in good condition to a library as soon as possible. The sorters need time to organize them before the sales.

Please do not donate magazines, textbooks, old sets of encyclopedias, or outdated computer/medical books. Also, please don’t bring Reader’s Digest Condensed volumes.

The Friends of the Grand County Libraries enjoy these book sales as major fundraisers for your libraries. On-going books sales continue all-year round at the Kremmling, Granby, Juniper and Fraser Valley Libraries as well. So if you want a book to take on a vacation or to add to your personal bookshelves, you can purchase books at those libraries if you miss the major sales this summer.

The Friends of the Grand County Library is a separate organization from the Grand County Library District. Its sole purpose is to support the five Grand County Libraries with fundraising events and help provide volunteers in the libraries, said former Friends President Joyce Clair, who is now secretary for the organization.

Traditionally the Friends money has been used to help pay for the Summer Reading Programs for the children in the county and other children and adult programs such as the Betty Jo Woods Computer class going on in the Granby and Fraser Valley Libraries.

The money from the book sales will be divided 80 percent for the sponsoring library and 20 percent divided among the other county libraries.

“This helps the smaller libraries as they are not able to do the bigger fundraisers,” Clair said.

So whether you see them as recycling, bargain hunting or simple philanthropy, the Friends of the Grand County Libraries Use Book Sales are worth your time.

Check the sales out, @ Your Library this summer.

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