Friends of Library Book Sale kicks off Friday afternoon

Friends of the Alamance County Public Libraries volunteers Laura Wright (crouched at left) and Jeannette Beaudry (standing, right) sort out books. The 35h annual Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale begins Friday afternoon in downtown Burlington, at May Memorial Library. Members will be allowed to begin purchasing books starting at 12:00 p.m.. Annual memberships can be purchased at the door for $10.00 leading up to the start of the sale. The sale runs through September 16. 

The Friends of the Alamance County Library’s 35th annual Fall Book Sale returns this week, starting with a special sale for members only on Friday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. noon in Burlington. The twice-annual Book Sale provides an opportunity for local book lovers to get great deals on everything from vintage hardcovers to DVDs and CDs and many other types of media. 

For members of the Friends of the Alamance County Libraries, who held a special volunteer luncheon last week preceding the Book Sale, the work involving in shelving and preparing the books for the two annual events is very much a labor of love. 

“This is just so exciting, to see so many volunteers here,” said Julie Monroe, who is becoming the new Chair of the Friends of the Library. 

Durham native Karen O’Connor is in her second year volunteering with the Book Sale. 

“I’ve always been around books. I taught for 30 years. I worked my way through college at the college library, back when it was a card catalogue. I just love being around books and people,” O’Connor said. 

“I love coming down. I enjoy shelving the books,” added another volunteer, Carolyn Wood. “I love being around books, and always have. It’s just a real treat to come down and help. 

“I enjoy meeting everybody, and all the new people. I’ve enjoyed working here,” added yet another volunteer, Angie Chilton. 

Laura Wright has been volunteering with the Friends of the Libraries for the last 17 years. She spoke about all the hard work that has taken place over the last several months to prepare for the Fall Sale, and the dedication of the volunteers. 

In her words, the Book Sale will feature books and media that is just as appealing as the May Memorial Library itself. 

“We appreciate all the volunteers who have been coming for the last six months. And yes, it has been the last six months,” Wright said. “But we’re here, and we’re down to the fun part which starts Friday. If you haven’t been, you don’t know what you’re missing. It is a treat. And it is payoff for all the work you have put in. 

“You’ll find that there are people in Alamance County who are coming for the first time, didn’t know it was here. And then there are those who have been coming since the beginning. I still love to be here,” Wright continued. “We have lots of books on the shelves. They have been fine-tuned to a point where they would rival what’s upstairs (in May Memorial Library), I think. I do believe that this is the earliest we have had everything together. That’s the fun part. You put in your labor the six months prior, and then get to enjoy helping customers with finding those unique books that we have.”

The proceeds from the annual Book Sales goes directly to the various missions of the Alamance County Library. Susana Goldman, who was hired this spring as the new Director of the Alamance County Libraries, was on hand at the volunteer luncheon, and mentioned some of the various projects that the Friends of the Libraries assists with, such as a new Bookmobile that will service the children of Alamance County in the future. 

“One thing I have to say - I am so excited about the fact that we will eventually be getting a Bookmobile,” volunteer Ann Chambliss said. “When I moved here 43 years ago, with two little boys - I lived in Elon - a Bookmobile used to come on Williamson Avenue. And that was so much fun. We looked forward to that.”

“It takes a lot of care to put this project together. We thank those who have volunteered for many years, and for the (younger) volunteers that will grow up with this all their lives,” added another volunteer, Barbara Roberts, who has been involved with the twice-annual Book Sales since their inception 35 years ago. 

Pat Hayes is in her second year of volunteering with the Friends of the Library. 

“I really enjoy it. It’s the best fun for a person who enjoys reading,” Hayes said. 


September 6 - 16, 2019

Friday, September 6th, 12:00 -  6:00 p.m.                                    

Opening day for members of the Friends only.  New members welcome; memberships available at the door for just $10.00.   Shoppers using a scanner will be charged a $10.00 fee, good for the entire sale.

Saturday, September 7 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 8        

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday, September 9

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10  

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 12

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 13

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 14 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 15     

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday, September 16

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

May Memorial Library

Friends of the Library Bookstore

342 S. Spring Street, Burlington, NC

(Use Davis Street entrance, downtown Burlington

Your tax deductible gifts benefit these public libraries:    

May Memorial  Library -  336-229-3588      

Mebane Public Library - 919-563-6431    

Graham Public Library -  336-570-6730     

N. Park Public Library -  336-226-7185