The sale draws book lovers from outside the Dunwoody area, spokesman John Nuzzulo said, and proceeds go toward purchasing additional books, audio books and DVDs, and children’s reading programs.
The sale will begin Thursday at 1 p.m. with a preview for members of Friends of Dunwoody, and opens from 4 to 8 p.m. for the public. Friday and Saturday events are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday is “bag day” in which guests fill a grocery bag for $6.
Most items, including 25,000 hardback novels, paperbacks, children’s books, videos, CDs and records, magazines, puzzles and gift items, range from 25 cents to $2. A silent auction features unique books.
Mike Morrisey, president of the Friends of Dunwoody Library, said almost all 25,000 items sell every year. The books come from community contributions, or straight off the shelves of the library. The group sells books that have not been checked out recently, and uses the proceeds to stock the shelves with modern books.
“Most of the money for the library comes from our annual book sales,” Morrisey said. “A team of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the library make it happen.”
Those passionate volunteers range from Dunwoody High School students in the Harry Potter Society to senior citizens, decades retired, who love reading.
Iona Valentine, of Dunwoody, decided about seven years ago that attending the book sale was fun, but volunteering would be more fun. Now, she wears a blue hat during the days leading up to the sale so all the volunteers can find her and ask for help.
“It’s so rewarding to help people find a book they’ve been looking for,” she said. “We celebrate together.”
Before the sale starts, Valentine and her fellow volunteers separate all the books by genre, such as history, then by author alphabetically, then by subject, such as history in the South.
History and children’s books are the top sellers each year, Valentine said, and whatever does not sell is donated to Veterans’ Affairs hospitals, the Wounded Warriors or Goodwill.
Sunny Jeffries has been overseeing the children’s books since her retirement in 2000, and categorizes them by age.
“On opening day, there are about 30 people waiting in line to get into the children’s room,” she said. “Kids go nuts for the puzzles and games.”
If you go:
When: Thursday 4 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road