Library Corner: Summer book sales: The joy of finding the right second-hand book |

Library Corner: Summer book sales: The joy of finding the right second-hand book

Jeanie Johnson
Grand County Library District
Book sales are coming up soon around Grand County.

I was recently hunting for a particular book, Bulletproof Coffee, of all things. Being a librarian, I first checked the library catalog. Then I decided I wanted to own the book, so I headed to Midtown Café to see if the book was there. I prowled around the restaurant looking at used books placed carefully and thoughtfully by Friends of the Library volunteer, Cathy Craig. The book was not to be found. However, imagine my joy when instead I found a book about Zimbabwe that was exquisite and quite rare. Did I have to shell out $96.00? The price I’d found at a seller of rare books? No! My African treasure cost $2, the normal price of a hardback book at the used book sale inside Midtown.

Many people look forward to the big used book sales that the Friends host in Grand County and there are two coming soon. The first is on Wednesday, July 4 at the Granby Library, and the next is during Buffalo Barbecue Days, July 13 through 15, in Grand Lake. There will be westerns, mysteries, horror books, rare and historical volumes, books for teens and young adults, board books for babies, and books for children. These books are not dusty and musty. Carefully curated, they bring you the best the Friends have to offer.

You might ask where the money goes once the Friends sell a book. The money supports the Grand County Library District, providing programming for children, teens, as well as adults and books, DVDs, magazines, and online resources.

The book sale is a win-win! You find a treasure; the Friends share the earnings to purchase new materials and enrich lives. Celebrate Independence Day and the joy of finding a great book at the Friends of the Grand County Library used book sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 4.

Jeanie Johnson is director of public services for the Grand County Library District.

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