Donate a good book to curl up with

Volunteers who support Mesa County Libraries are gearing up for one of their top annual fundraisers — the Spring Book Sale starting May 16 — and hope you’ll donate your gently
used books, CDs, DVDs and videotapes to add to their wide selection.

“We’re going for a record — we’re trying to get 20,000 books,” said Maggie Lopez, president of the Friends of the Mesa County Libraries, adding that last year the group offered more than 18,000 books for sale.

Most books will be priced for either $1 or $2, but most of the group’s always-large selection of children’s books are priced at just a quarter.

The first day of the sale — Thursday, May 16 — is set aside exclusively for Friends members. If you can’t wait for the general public sale, which happens both Friday and Saturday, you can join the Friends for as little as $10 on Thursday.

The sale takes place at First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., across from Grand Junction High School. That’s the location for folks to drop off donations as well, at a book drop next to the parking lot on the west side of the church.

Donations are being accepted through May 5, Lopez said.

Organizers ask people not to donate encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines or books in poor quality.

The sale will also include DVDs, CDs and even old VHS tapes. Lopez said many folks still own VCRs and “will buy a tape for a quarter and show it to their grandkids.”

Most years, the Friends offer a “bag sale” on the final sale day, when people can pick through what’s left of the selection for a flat rate, usually $5. Lopez said they’ll probably do that on Saturday again this year.

Finally, as an all-volunteer organization, the Friends are seeking help setting up the sale the night before, on Wednesday, May 15. To volunteer for the sale, contact Lopez at 201-0868.


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