Kaneville Fest features library used book sale

By on August 25, 2011

Annual Used Book Sale
Hardbacks from $1;
paperbacks and recordings from 25¢
Collectibles and sets from $2;
all children’s items are 10¢

Preview Sale: ($5 admittance fee)
Thursday, Aug. 25 • 5 to 8 p.m.

General Sale:
Friday, Aug. 26 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28 • 10 a.m. to noon

by Susan O’Neill
Kaneville Public Library Director Ray Christiansen estimates that there will be approximately 8,000 books and about 1,500 videos, books on tape, etc. for sale at the Kaneville Fest used book sale.

The annual sale will take place at the Dave Werdin Community Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-28, during Kaneville Fest, plus a preview sale on Thursday, Aug. 25, with a $5 admittance fee. The books will line the hallways of the center.

Christiansen said there will be quite a variety of fiction, non-fiction, hard cover and paperbacks, as well as children’s books. There will also be an assortment of collectible books, such as coffee-table books and books autographed by the authors.

“We always get 30 to 40 of those, at least,” he said.

The books are donated from a number of places, including residents, families when a loved one passes away, Friends groups from other libraries, and other organizations, as well as books withdrawn from the Kaneville Library (when it receives a new edition of a book and doesn’t keep the old one).

“Everybody’s trying to raise money, so we’re trying to recycle things around,” he said.

Last year, the sale made a little less than $900; the year before that, the revenue was more than $1,000. The money goes toward the library technology fund, which goes to purchase computer upgrades and other equipment. The library currently has five computers open to the public and three staff computers, Christiansen said.

The most expensive book this year will be a rare-edition book by Alexander Dumas from the mid-1800’s, he said. Dumas was a famous French novelist who wrote books such as the “Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Three Musketeers,” although this book is neither one of those. The book, which was an early edition written in French and translated into English, will be priced at $40.

There are also some deals to be had, librarian Judy Angell said. Angell, who helps sort the books for the sale, said there will be grab-bags of romance novels for 50 cents per bag, and boxes of paperbacks that will be sealed and sold for a flat fee, depending on the size of the box. The “Buck a Bag” sale takes place on Sunday, Aug. 27, from noon to 2 p.m.

All children’s books will be sold for 10 cents each.

“If a parent wants to spend some time looking at books, they can give the child a dollar, and they can go shopping and pick out 10 books. It buys peace and quiet for a few minutes,” Christiansen said with a laugh.

Donations of books, videos, audio recordings and other items will be accepted until the week before the sale. Donations may be dropped off at the library or at Hill’s Country Store, both located at the corner of Harter and Main Street roads. For more information, call the library at (630) 557-2441.