Morning Meanderings… What I Learned by WorkingThe Book Sale
Yesterday I spent my whole day volunteering for our Friends Of The Library Book Sale. I was really excited to do it having for years been a part of the other side of it… waiting outside for the doors to open, rushing in and working my way through all the people to find just the right books for 50 cents a piece, supporting my local library and supporting my reading habit.
I eagerly started my shift at 8 am, my job at that time was to go through all the books on the tables, add books from the boxes underneath the tables if there was room, and make sure there are no trip hazards. When the doors opened at 9:00 am and the people started coming in I was surprised to see it was a slow trickle. My morning started out by offering to take people’s books from them to the front and bag them if they had a huge handful and filling in book gaps to keep all the books standing upright and pretty. As it became late morning the traffic at the sale became more steady and I found myself having a lot of fun looking for books for people, or subjects, and answering bookish questions. Here are some of the things that I was asked:
Do you have any books on WWII? (we did)
Where are your books on the Renaissance era? (nowhere that I knew of)
Do you have Jodi Picoult? (we did)
Do you have Stephen King’s The Dome? (we did not)
Where do all the books come from? (people donate them to friends of the library for the sale)
Do you have to read the Sue Grafton Books in order? IE. A Is For Alibi, B is For Burglar, C Is For Corpse… (I had never read Grafton but was familiar with the series and told the lady that I did not believe you would have to read them in order as Sue Grafton was now on “W” and I think that would deter new readers if they thought they had to start at “A” and work their way to “W”. However, I told the woman I would “phone a friend” (I don’t think she got my humor) and ask the ladies at the check out table. They informed me that while the series has to do with the same Private Investigator Kinsey Milhone, you did not have to read the books in order.
There were a few other fun tidbits of information I picked up by walking the books of the sale for 11 hours…
Author who had the most books there: Danielle Steele (there were boxes and boxes of paperbacks and hardcovers)
The book we had the most copies of for sale: Dan Brown’s The Davinchi Code in hard cover. There were 10 of them. I strategically placed them throughout the books hoping to entice someone, I think when I left last night they were still all there.
Author asked for the most? Stephen King
There were 12,000+ books at this sale.
For Alyce’s Saturday Snapshot this week, if you seen my post yesterday morning, I did purchase books at the sale on Thursday:
and yes, you guessed right, there was no way I worked a book sale for 11 hours and walked out with nothing… here are my finds from Friday:
The Ella Minnow Pea book was a book mentioned to me by my roommate from BEA this year, Gail from Ticket To Anywhere. I was fascinated about the book and THRILLED when I found not one, but two copies of it at the sale – both pictured above. I plan to use this book in a way during my beloved Banned Book Week that will take place September 30 – Oct 6.
When my shift was over at the book sale I was sad to go, I really had a lot of fun talking books with people, answering questions and just being in an environment surrounded by books and bookish people.
Be sure to stop by At Home With Books and see other participants in the Saturday Snapshot meme.
Have a super day, my hubby and I are looking for a vehicle today, hoping we can do this quickly and painlessly…. and then my Saturday is open and I am glad. I am a little tired out today and could use a day with a little book time.