Wanted: Gently Used Books
Be a friend of the Friends of the Guilford Free Library. The Friends volunteer their time and energy reselling donated books to provide major support for the library’s programs and services.
We are looking for contemporary and vintage books in saleable condition. Please, no magazines, videos, or dirty, moldy, sticky, chewed, stained, browned, torn, underlined, or highlighted books! A receipt is always provided for your tax returns.
Donations may be dropped off at any time during library hours. Thanks for your generosity!
Spring Book Sale
The daffodils and tulips have bloomed, maybe the rain has stopped, and the Friends’ Spring Book Sale has had its moment in the sun. Its offerings of books on gardening, travel, birding, and other vernal topics brought in $5663, a record for the spring sale. Thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time and energy.
The Spring Trip
This year’s outing, to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, was well-attended, well-run, and altogether enjoyable. The bus, with its 50 passengers, arrived on time both at the museum and back in Guilford. The exhibits on Matisse and Botticelli were exceptional, and for Friends with fond memories of childhood, the Robert McCloskey show was a special treat. Penny Colby, chief organizer of the trip, commented on the camaraderie and sportsmanship of the group, and noted that even three days in the museum would not be long enough to see everything.
Thank you for 40 great years!
Follow the Money
Among the Friends’ many contributions to Library programs was financial support for StudioSpace, which held an inaugural open house on January 28. Equipped with low- and high-tech equipment, from ukuleles to programmable Lego sets, sewing machines to 3-D printers, StudioSpace allows library users to get their creative juices flowing, to experiment with new technology, and even to preserve the old, converting their old VHS tapes to DVDs. The event drew an inquisitive audience of young and old.
It Was a Very Good Year
For the Friends of the Library, 2016 was, as the song says, a very good year. For the fiscal year (which begins December 1), on site book sales brought in $56,803 and online sales added $29,089, boosting total income (which includes memberships) to $123,355, more than $23,000 above projections.
Friends’ funds contributed to the purchase of an irresistible toy fire truck for the Children’s Room, bean-bag loungers, and design blocks for the younger set as well as 3-D printers/scanners, new laptops and Chromebooks, and an enhanced microphone system in the Meeting Room for the rest of us. The Friends also financially supported a new Book Club Collection, i.e., multiple copies of books that circulate to local clubs so that members don’t have to purchase their own copies. Among the programs at the Library that benefited from Friends’ backing was the highly successful Comic Con, in which more than 600 people participated.
And so that nothing went to waste, we donated 722 books to the Read-to-Grow program, which distributes them to book-needy children. Other unsold books from the Fall Sale were sold to Discover Books, a commercial book resale company.
You can shop for books sold by the Friends of the Guilford Free Library online!
Joining the Friends is so easy!
Just come to our meetings the first Tuesday of the month 1:30 pm in the Library or fill out a membership form at the Library or online here. Tax deductible dues and donations are made at your discretion.
Friends of the Library Officers:
President: Shelley Brewer
Vice-President: Marilyn Kramar
Secretary: Mary Hansen
Treasurer: Douglas Gregory
Assistant Treasurer: Nancy Wardell
The Friends of the Library accept book donations year-round for their annual sale. Please drop off items at the library. The staff at the circulation desk can provide you with a letter acknowledging your donation, which is tax deductible.
*Please don’t donate books that are tattered, dirty or underlined! Unfortunately, they don’t sell so we end up paying to have them carted away.