Western or romance, it’s for sale

CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel—Maggie Lopez, left, and Bonnie Handy sort some of the thousands of books, videotapes, CDs and DVDs in preparation for the Friends of the Mesa County Libraries fundraising sale. The deadline for donations at First Congregational Church has been extended to 2 p.m. today. The sale will be 
May 16 through 18 at the church.

Upwards of 20,000 used books, DVDs, VHS tapes and CDs go on sale this month as part of the annual Friends of the Mesa County Libraries spring sale.

On Friday, four volunteers sorted through titles and shuffled boxes of books around the cramped donation room at First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., making sure each book was in the right category for the sale.

Look, a cowboy on the cover. That must be a Western.

“Well, that could be a romance, too,” volunteer Claudia Heckel said with a smile.

For the past several months, the volunteers have worked through thousands of titles, making sure the only items up for sale are clean and in good condition.

For example, someone turned in a video copy of a relative’s funeral. Perhaps it was an accident. Maybe not, but it’s not a video to sell, the volunteers said.

The deadline to turn in all donations has been extended until 2 p.m. today at the donation room at First Congregational Church across from Grand Junction High School.

Proceeds from the sale support programming and projects at the Mesa County Libraries.

The volunteers Friday said they are so thankful for the community’s support of the sale, and encouraged residents to come this month to find summer reading, movie watching or music listening options.

“We have more science fiction than ever, ever, ever before,” volunteer Maggie Lopez said. “There’s lots of mystery in both hard cover and paperback.”

In addition to sci-fi and mystery, there also are, among other categories, romance, classics, biographies, sports and Westerns.

Paperbacks are $1. Hard covers are $2. Children’s books are a quarter.

Lopez pulled some notable authors she thought might be of interest locally: Larry McMurtry, Tony Hillerman, Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman, Stephen E. Ambrose, Jon Krakauer and C.S. Lewis.

Lopez added that there are audio books and large-print books for people interested in a more specific literary experience.

Point is, she said, read, then bring the books back to sell again.

“Books should be read,” Lopez added. “If you’ve read it, pass it on.”

DVDs and CDs are $1, and VCR tapes are a quarter.

The sale begins for members of Friends of the Mesa County Libraries from 3 to 7 p.m.  May 16 at First Congregational Church. Anyone can join the nonprofit organization at the door for $10.

The public sale will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18.

Lopez said Friends of the Mesa County Libraries needs volunteers to work the sale and, in particular, help set up Wednesday, May 15.

“We need muscle,” Lopez said with a laugh.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Lopez at 201-0868.


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