Published on: Saturday, October 1, 2016 Takoma Park Newsletter

Get ready for the friends’ book sale

The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library will hold their next gala used book sale on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will be held on the Library lawn or in the Community Center Azalea Room in case of rain. The Friends’ book sales always include a huge variety of gently used books for adults and kids – all for sale at bargain prices.

Proceeds from the sales go to the library in the form of donations for programs and services. The Friends fund Spanish and French Circle Times, honorariums for guest speakers at the Big Book Club and for other speakers, refreshments for many programs, and lanyards for kids’ library cards. This fall the Library will begin offering two weekly sessions of Spanish Circle time with Geiza Keller-Souza – one at 10:15 to 10:45, and another at 11. We hope to add an additional monthly French Circle time with Madame Marie as well. The Friends also provide and support many of the Little Free Libraries around town. In short, they are an invaluable support group in fundraising and advocacy for the City Library.

The book sales also depend on volunteers to help out at the sale in two-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 4 p. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ellen Robbins at and indicate when you would like to volunteer. The shift times are generally 8-10, 10-12, 12-2, and 2-4. Service learning hours are available for high school students. This is a great way to spend some time meeting your neighbors, finding some great books and helping the library.

The library will accept donations of books in very good condition during open hours until Oct. 17. Books should be boxed, and more than three boxes must be donated by appointment.

This article appeared in the October 2016 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.