Book Sales

The Friends of the Acton Libraries Book Sales

Thank you to all who attended the Winter Book Sale.  The next book sale will take place on May 31, 2014.

PREVIEW SALE
limited to Members of the Friends of the Acton Libraries
Friday, May 30, 2014, 7-9 p.m.

BOOK SALE
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

HALF-PRICE DAY
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 2-3:30 p.m.

 

For more than 40 years, the Friends have been holding book sales in Acton. These popular events draw hundreds of book lovers to the Library meeting room, where thousands of great books can be found at rock-bottom prices.

All Friends sales begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. promptly. The best selection is right at the beginning, and so, too, are the biggest crowds.

Sales take place in the first-floor meeting room near the Library's main entrance. Children's books, as well as many adult paperbacks, are in the Solarium--the space just to the left of where you enter the library. Though the selection is best early, bargains can still be unearthed as the day goes on, and the later you come, the more pleasurable your browsing experience is likely to be. Please check the Events Calendar for book sale times and to learn about the exclusive Preview Night.

Book Sale Prices

(subject to change)

Most Hardcover Books*: $2.00
Most Trade Paperbacks*: $2.00
Children's Paperbacks: $1.00
Mass Market Paperbacks: $1.00
DVDs and CDs: $2.00

* Deluxe books cost a few dollars more. Prices are clearly marked on stickers on their covers.

Book Sale Leftovers

People often ask us where the leftover books go at the end of a sale. We are lucky to be in touch with volunteers from charitable organizations who take many of them.

If you represent a charitable organization and would like books, please contact Carol Domblewski at cdomblewski@gmail.com or 978-263-2046 before the sale. The privilege of collecting on the day of the sale is extended only at certain times and to those who have called in advance.

Donating Books

The Friends are grateful to everyone who donates books. Books may be donated at any time the library is open. We welcome all books in good condition, and we especially love to get good-quality children's books. However, experience has shown that certain materials rarely sell. Consequently, we are unable to accept the following items as donations: magazines; paperbacks with very yellowed pages or covers torn off; books with torn or worn spines where the title cannot be read easily; books that smell moldy or have been stored in a damp area; books with highlighted or underlined text; books on topics that date rapidly that are more than five years old; Reader's Digest Condensed Books; books discarded by another library; puzzle or workbooks that have been filled in.

If you plan on donating books, please understand that we cannot guarantee the destination or use of that book. Some people donate to us thinking their donation will end up on the Library shelves. Occasionally, that does happen. The staff checks most donations to see whether they contain a book that the library might wish to purchase, replace, or own additional copies of. But patrons cannot earmark donations for the Library.

Also, we cannot accept books on the day of the sale because we screen, sort, and evaluate donations, all of which requires more time, thought, and effort than we can afford to give them on sale days.

All donations to the Friends of the Acton Libraries are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Copies of our exemption letter, our exemption application, and all supporting documents are available for public inspection at the Acton Memorial Library.

Click Here for the Friends of the Acton Libraries Home Page.