When we look back on the mandated stay-at-home orders issued by most states in the U. S. to avert the pandemic, we may remember the books we read as a means of keeping our sanity. Perhaps these are books we’ve been yearning to read, books given to us as gifts, or books gathered from used book sales like our Annual Used Book Sale in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Friends of the Knox County Public Library stages a massive book sale each spring, but, like most events in our area, the 2020 event has been put on hold with a tentative date in June. While most of us wish the book sale had preceded the stay-at-home period (if only we could have seen this coming!), we all look forward to the sale — whenever it happens — to replenish our book supply and feed the souls of us who live with books on a regular basis. (In fact, you may be cleaning out your own bookshelves with the goal of donating books for a local sale in your area.)
Book sales don’t just happen. It takes a year, at least, to prepare. From digging through bags of donations, to sorting and boxing, and then to moving heavy boxes to the sale location — putting on a good book sale is hard work!
Book categories include Fiction, Non-fiction, History, Home Decor, Special Collections, Children’s, Young Adult, and Old and Odd (kinda like us!).
Something else you can count on: when the tables at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park are all set, Friends volunteers stand proud. After all, nearly 30,000 books await readers and buyers during the three-day event.
And the benefit?
Friends raises money to support library programs, and readers take home bargains to last them through the year.
The best reward, for us, though, is seeing happy, soon-to-be readers proud of their purchases in hand!
Rusha and Bert Sams
This post is one of a series of one-word prompts for April 2020 called Discover Prompts by WordPress. Enjoy!