Book sale includes rare and signed titles

Maggie Lopez, president of the Friends of the Library, browses through a box of old and rare books donated to the group’s annual sale by Twice Upon a Time Bookstore. Signed and special books will be sold for $3-$4 this year.

Volunteers were busy setting up tables and stacking hundreds of books in anticipation of their annual Friends of the Library Book Sale set to open at 3 p.m. Thursday.

“We have something a little bit different this year over in the other room,” said Maggie Lopez, president of the group whose purpose is to raise money to help support the library.

This year, Twice Upon a Time Bookstore donated a wide variety of books whose value exceeds that of a typical used paperback.

Some of the books are old and rare, such as the “Gregg Shorthand Dictionary,” written in 1916 and in perfect condition. Others may have been signed by the author, or are beautiful coffee-table collector books.

“These are the ones that are worth more than $1,” Lopez said.

Thousands of other titles fill the main room of the sale at the First Congregational Church at 1425 N. Fifth St., just across from Grand Junction High School.

This year the Friends of the Library collected an estimated 25,000 books. However, many of those books are unsellable due to water damage or poor condition, Lopez said.

The group saved roughly 14,000 volumes for the sale, donating the rest to local organizations who benefit from recycling money. “If we didn’t recycle some of these books, we’d just be drowning in them. Just think about how many books are printed every year,” Lopez said.

The sale opens at 3 p.m. Thursday to Friends of the Library members. Non-members can become a member at the door for $10. “Those are the ones who are going to get the best books, Lopez said.

Doors will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and the $5 a bag book sale starts at 9 a.m. until the books are gone on Saturday.

The money raised from the sale will go toward a $100,000 donation the group pledged to give the Mesa County Library over a five-year span for the new remodel project at the Central Branch. It also supports library programs such as One Book, One Mesa County.




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