The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library Annual Book Sale came together in stunning fashion on Saturday, June 10, thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours that began a year ago. Since 1970, the Friends have taken pride in hosting an extensive, high-quality, fun book sale.
At its heart, the Annual Book Sale is a community event – the largest one-day all-volunteer event in Concord. Every year provides new discoveries for a young reader, bookworm, graphic novel fan, visitor, and this year, centennial-celebrating Concord Academy alums. The threatening rain clouds did not dampen spirits – or sales – as the endeavor raised $42,000 in proceeds that will fund a variety of library programs supported by the Friends: everything from museum passes and concerts, to poetry readings, theatrical performances, professional development for library staff and much more.
The sale’s success is attributable to several factors: residents donate an extraordinary quantity of high quality books; our dedicated year-round team of book sorters who select, organize, and present the book displays; volunteers, including National Charity League members and Boy Scouts; and our generous customers who enjoy selecting their treasures from 80 tables of thoughtfully curated books and media.
We also thank our community partners; businesses which offer in-kind donations and logistical support for the sale. Without the assistance of Alpha Graphics, Brine’s Sporting Goods, Concord Academy, Concord Book Shop, Crosby’s Marketplace, CVS, Rocky’s Ace Hardware, Vanderhoof Hardware, Walgreens, North River Builders and Concord Children’s Center, the process of moving a year’s worth of book donations to the lawn would take days instead of hours. Please give them your support.
Please visit http://cfplfriends.org/ to contact us, volunteer, join, or learn more.
Aiyana Currie, President
Stephan Bader, Treasurer