(Quarterly Book Sale Valuables)
By Carla Leone, Between Friends Feature Writer
Ten years ago three volunteers working to prepare donated books for the quarterly sale noticed that there were many volumes which seemed to be more valuable than most. The volunteers were Marie Harris, Carol Trammel and Penny Myers. They then started a category called Collectibles.
Collectibles include first editions, out-of-print books, books signed by the author, and unique and/or beautiful volumes. These books are screened by FOL volunteers for physical condition then checked on BookFinder.com which contains descriptions and pricing for books carried by approximately 150,000 booksellers around the world. The price for FOL volumes is usually set at or below the lowest price for a comparable copy listed by BookFinder. A card is then prepared which lists the author, title, publisher, publication date and price, and any other pertinent information. Each collectible includes this card so the prospective buyer can see the market price and the FOL price.
Collectibles are shelved in a special section during the quarterly book sales so that prospective buyers can find them easily. This location near the sale table is for the most valuable titles and oversized volumes. About 300 new titles are added for each sale divided into the following categories: Fiction, Poems, Plays, History, Science, Animals and Plants, Sports, Humor, Biography, Religion, Arts and Crafts, Music, Non-Fiction and Children.
Since 2014 Collectibles priced at more than $14.95 under the guidance of Ted Taylor have been listed on E-Bay so they are available to a much wider body of customers and many are sold in this way. Those remaining in the Library are listed for the decided upon price for two sales. If a collectible is still on the shelves after two sales, it is reduced in price and moved to the reduced shelves, where it can be bought for a bargain price.
Since the program was started in 2006, 7,146 volumes have been sold for a total of $42,171.70. Some of the greatest included a book with a signed dedication by President Lyndon Johnson ($200.00); Picturesque Egypt, a two volume set dated 1878 ($150.00); Portraits from of North American Life ($100.00); A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans ($100.00); Nancy Drew (16 volume set ($75.00); The Junks and Saipans ($75.00); Tennessee History 1673-1932 ($75.00); Geologic Atlas of the Rocky Mountain Region ($100.00); and Lansdowne’s Birds ($60.00).
Obviously, there are more than run of the mill paperbacks at the quarterly book sales. If you haven’t already checked out the collectibles section, it might be worthwhile!
E-Bay Committee desires people who have curiosity and interest in finding out the value of books, old and new. You will undergo training in methods and process of using the internet for this research. Other roles to support E-Bay sales include, but are not limited to, listing items online, monitoring sales, packaging, and shipping them to buyers.
Determine prices for books not determined economically viable for E-Bay sales, but useful for our Book Sales. Label, sort and shelve these books.
One or, ideally, two volunteers are responsible for sorting, and displaying specific genres in our Book Sales area. Section specialists decide whether a donated book is a good addition to their shelves and may label them with date or special price.
Printing date and price labels is an ongoing requirement for our quarterly book sales. Be a backup to the current “label specialist” who will provide training. Please respond to volunteer coordinator, Dolores Philpot (email@example.com)
Things are Moving in the Basement
Report by Denise Robertson, BCFOL President
As mentioned previously, the collection in the basement is in the process of making some changes in order to bring more like subjects together and to ease overcrowding in some sections. The moves are almost complete although work remains. Temporary signs will be put in place with more permanent ones scheduled before the next sale. At the same time books are being shuffled around, procedures are being documented and everyone is working well as a team.
Thank you Friends
Lisa Misosky, who owns Southland Books/Gourmet Café on East Broadway, has donated many beautiful bookshelves to help the EBay Book Sale. Friends sort and shelve the many valuable collectibles slotted for EBay sales. Please thank Lisa when you see her at the library or at her amazing bookstore/café.
Many thanks from the Collectible volunteers for the sorting tables designed and constructed by Dick Burgess.
"Membership renewals are in process to members who are due to renew January 1, 2017. Please watch your email inbox or your mailbox for your notice. It would be helpful if you could please submit your check to Attn: Membership or pay on Pay Pal prior to the January book sale. This may help alleviate some traffic congestion at the elevator on the first day of the sale. Thank you."
Marcy DeLozier Dick Burgess
November Tally of Volunteer Hours
Volunteers put in 1,536 hours of service in November, 2016.
Four volunteers qualified for earned membership in Friends of the Library.
Four volunteers qualified for a $10 gift certificate for use in the Cafe, Book Sales, or Library fees and fines (Patron Account), or a T-Shirt. These volunteers were informed that, as of this month's notification, there now is a requirement to pick up their award within two months of notification.
Additional avenues (posting in office and e-mail) of dissemination are planned.