Beth Kornegay Special to the Times
Twice each year, Basehor Community Library hosts a used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library aimed at raising funds to support programming and other library activities.
That sale was held last weekend and it offered citizens the opportunity to purchase books and other library material at great prices.
Throughout the year, patrons drop off their own personal books and other items they no longer want to keep at the library to be sold as part of the fundraiser. As items are received, volunteers sort items according to age, genre and type of material. Last year, volunteers spent more than 350 hours sorting donations to prepare for the sales, which are always held the first weekend of March and the first weekend of October.
This year’s first sale of the year offered approximately 7,000 items. Friends of the Library President Carla Kaiser is thankful for the volunteers who are able to help organize the event. Hundreds of hours are put in on a regular basis to make sure the sale is a success but seeing a child’s eyes light up when they find a particular book is satisfying.
“I do look forward to the book coming out each year. It’s an enjoyable chance for our Friends volunteers to work together and we know that the library will benefit from our efforts. It’s also fun to see families come in together and find good books to read and movies to watch at a reasonable price,” Kaiser said.
Last fall after not holding sales due to the pandemic, more than $4,000 was raised at the book sale, but Kaiser doesn’t expect to raise that much money at this event.
Last year’s funds were used for Harry Potter Playaways for the children’s collection.
A Playaway is a pre-loaded audiobook which gives patterns the portability to listen to audiobooks anytime. The Friends also support the summer reading program each year.
Jeanette Oliver enjoys bringing her young children Ethan and Emma to the book sale each time the event is held.
“I always try to make it to the book sale. I let the kids pick out a few books and I also always find a few for myself, too,” she said.
Citizens who have books and other materials to donate to upcoming sales can drop them off in a donation bin located just inside the library’s front entrance. Donated items can include books, DVDs, audiobooks on CDs, music CDs, vintage books large print books and puzzles which all may be dropped off during normal library hours. Any unsold books are held and put into the next sale and any unsold books after two sales are taken to used bookstores, donated or recycled, depending on the condition.