A bookworm’s delight

Volunteers have been working the past couple weeks to set up the spring book sale at Kendall Young Library, which begins tomorrow.

The first day of the book sale, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., is only open to Friends of the Library members. Nonmembers may join the group at the door for $5. Thursday through Saturday, the book sale is open to the public.

Shirley Yungclas has helped set up the book sale for many years. She helped finish up the organization and layout of the book sale at the library on Tuesday. She is hardly alone, with about 40 other volunteers helping.

“A lot of people want to help with the book sale,” Yungclas said. “I’ll make notes when someone tells me they want to volunteer and let others know they want to help. We usually have enough help that everything runs well.”

Even with that many volunteers, each person has a good share of work to do before the sale. Yungclas, along with other volunteers, began promoting the sale by hanging posters across town two weeks ago. Yungclas said she posts them on community boards, in schools and anywhere she thinks people are passing through that might see the posters.

Organizing the sale requires a lot of planning. Yungclas has a sketched layout of where the books and other media will go by type. Everything from novels to large print book and genres from psychiatry to religion are planned ahead of the sale. Even with the carefully planned layout, Yungclas said volunteers often have to put benches on top of the tables that organize the books to create a second level of storage.

The first day of the sale always brings in a lot of people, Yungclas said. While the library will occasionally retain donated books for their own collection, there is a small group of people that are very dedicated to finding the rarest and most valuable books on sale. Yungclas called them “scanners,” because they will come early on the first day of the sale, and use a UPC scanner to search for a book on the internet. If they find valuable items, they will often resell them.

On the last day of the sale, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., visitors to the book sale can name a price to buy the books they want. Yungclas said that is done to help clean out as much of the remaining items from the sale as possible. Those items still left over go to Planned Parenthood. Yungclas said the library has received some flak for their donations to the organization.

“People don’t’ realize that Planned Parenthood isn’t just for abortions, it also helps people plan for families and pregnancy prevention,” Yungclas said.

She said that book sale posters that are posted on the community bulletin board below the old Hamilton County Public Hospital have been torn down the past few years. While the posters don’t mention that leftover items will be donated to Planned Parenthood, she said she thinks that’s why the poster has been continually taken down.

The move to make the book sale biannual rather than an annual event has doubled the amount of money the Friends of the Library have brought in for their programs at the library. The ongoing book sale rack near the entrance of the library has also continued to drive sales. Yungclas said that the library now sells old magazines on that book sale rack rather than throwing them away.

For more information on the book sale, contact Kendall Young Library at 832-9100.