Archive for the ‘Book Sales’ Category


Friends Book Sorters Win Commissioners’ Community Circle Award

May 23, 2011

Tonight at the County Commissioners’ meeting, the Friends Book Sorters will receive the Commissioner’s Community Circle Award. This award recognizes the outstanding dedication and extraordinary services provided by community organizations to Durham’s citizens.

The Friends Book Sorters — the group of 20+ volunteers who run the book sales — are behind-the-scenes workers whose labor and retail acumen fund the generous contributions of the Friends of the Durham Library to library programs and services.

It’s difficult (and painful, too!) to imagine our library without the Friends’ support. There would be no library newsletter, no Season’s Readings, no RIF book giveaway during Summer Reading. There would be no Wii games at the library, no book club kits, no LDC projectors in the meeting rooms and no computer classes outside Main Library. And those are just some of the obvious things that library patrons would notice right away.

Library customers and staff depend on support from the Friends. Last year, the Friends gave the library $100,000 for dozens of projects ranging from scholarships for library staff to attend college, to a machine that cleans and repairs CDs and DVDs.

Anyone can support the Friends ( by becoming a member and by shopping at the booksales. If you would like to become involved as a Friends volunteer, or if you have questions about the Friends, please email the library’s staff liaison to the Friends, Anastasia Bush, at


Friends Book Sale Oct 1-3

September 10, 2010

The biggest Library Friends Book Sale yet will take place Oct. 1–3 at the Main Library in downtown Durham. For the last six months, since April’s book sale, 20 Friends volunteers have been sorting, pricing and categorizing thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and audio books for this sale.

Donations have poured into all library locations, especially the two new regional libraries in South Durham. To keep up with the generosity of the Durham community, volunteers worked in the library garage every week during this summer of record high temperatures.

Most books at the Friends Book Sales are donated and many are in gift-giving condition. Friends volunteers examine every item to make sure it is in good condition for sale.

You can help the Friends and the library by donating your gently used (free of damage, dirt, mold, rot and excessive markings) books, CDs, DVDs and audio books. One small box or bag is welcome at any library. Large donations may be brought to the Main Library on Tuesday mornings when the Friends are sorting and can help unload.

Your Friends membership also supports the work of the Friends for the Durham County Library. More information about the Friends is at, or call Library/Friends Liaison Anastasia Bush at 919-560-0190.


Spring Book Sale This Weekend

April 5, 2010

The Library Friends Spring Book Sale begins this Friday, April 9. Incredible bargains on books — starting at 50 cents or a dollar — audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, VHS and vinyl, make this event a fun way to stock up for the summer and support the library. The Friends have raised money with used book sales for three decades and they are very good at it. The books are organized in categories, check out is fast and easy (checks or cash only) and volunteers help to count, pack and load. This is one of the biggest used book sales in the Southeastern United States, right here in downtown Durham! The location is Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27701. For directions call 919-560-0100.

At this sale, the Friends will launch their signature zippered tote bag for just $10. They won’t last long, so come early! Friday 4-7P is for Friends members only, and anyone can join the Friends at the door for $15. There are discounts for families ($25), seniors ($10) and youth ($5). Friends members get first choice of the most popular items: specially priced books in gift-giving condition, fiction and children’s books.

The sale continues Saturday, April 10, 10A-5P, and Sunday, April 11, 2-5P. On Saturday, Durham Public Schools will be on site promoting its BookMarks project. You can support both the library and the schools by purchasing a children’s book and giving it to BookMarks. On Sunday the Friends sell books by the bag (paper grocery bags supplied) for just $7.

Parking is free and there is overflow parking in the County lot across Liberty Street.

Hope to see you at the book sale this weekend!

Anastasia Bush
Library Friends Liaison