The much anticipated book sale at Scarsdale Library is off to a great beginning. Kathy Steves, who runs the ambitious event, reported that the library collected 60,000 books in advance of the sale and a committed group of almost 50 volunteers spent months sorting through the donation ad organizing the books for the week-long sale. Despite heavy downpours on Friday night September 7, friends of the library and book dealers came out in force to preview the sale and get first dibs on the offerings. Prior to the 7 pm opening, customers actually waited in line to get in.
Interest was so strong on the first night, that Steves limited sales to 20 books per customers and barred dealers from using scanners to vet the offerings. The sale includes everything from rare limited editions, to mass market paperbacks, novels, non-fiction, cookbooks, travel, gardening guides, children’s titles, DVD’s and more.
Have e-readers changed the nature of the sale? So far it appears not. Generous residents appear to have vast supplies of books in print to turn over. Steves did note that this year the collection of novels might not be as current as in past years, as some readers are now purchasing the latest titles on their Kindles, iPads and Nooks and therefore don’t have copies of books to spare.
As of Monday night, revenues were even with last year and there were still plenty of books to browse. Total sales last year were over $45,000. The sale continues until Sunday September 16 – so make a trip to Olmstead Road to see what you can find.