Edmonds used book sale nets $7.5K

Also: A home for books; Kindle winners
By Brian Soergel | Nov 08, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel The Friends of the Edmonds Library’s 35th annual book sale raised money for the library’s equipment and program funding.

Residents and visitors once again found bargains galore during the Friends of the Edmonds Library’s 35th annual sale at the Frances Anderson Center.

The haul? About $7,500, according to Friends President Luke Distelhorst.

That figure is from Saturday’s main sale, but also from Friday’s members-only event (you can be a member for $10 a year), where book dealers swarmed the place and snatched up volumes of travel books and DVDs donated by Rick Steves.

Items not purchased over the weekend were donated to Discover Books in Issaquah.

"Thank you to everyone who came out to purchase books and support our activities,” Distelhorst said. “By the end of 2017, we will have provided $30,000 in equipment and program funding to the Edmonds Library as well as a $4,000 graduate-level scholarship to the UW. Those investments are only possible with the funds we raise through this annual sale and our ongoing sale in the library.”

At the ongoing sale, you can find books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and audio books for sale. Nothing is more than $5. Most items are 50 cents or $1.

Throughout the year, books bound for the annual sale have been housed under the bleachers at Civic Field on Sixth Avenue North, the former playing field for the old Edmonds High School. Those bleachers will be torn down soon as part of the upcoming renovation of the field.

That means the Friends of the Library needs a new home for its storage. There’s good news on that front.

Distelhorst said that this month and next, Friends is renting units from Armadillo Storage, a fellow Edmonds Chamber of Commerce member. “They are giving us a discounted rate, which we greatly appreciate,” he said.

Beginning in January, books will be stored at West Coast Storage’s Shoreline space through a donation from Dennis McRae. “We are extremely grateful for this,” Distelhorst said, “as there was real potential of ending the sale.”

At this weekend’s sale, Friends used old tables that had been stored in the stadium.

“We ended up getting rid of them,” Distelhorst said. “Now, renting tables every year will be a new cost, but with a year to plan I'm hoping we could find someone to donate them as a sponsor.”

Raffle winners

Friends of the Edmonds Library announced its Kindle raffle winners at the book sale. Participants' book recommendations were their raffle tickets.

Winners were Deborah Walton, who recommended “Entwined” by Heather Dixon; Nathaniel Holt, who recommended “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane; and Caroline Knoblauch, who recommended “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier.



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