SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Tens of thousands of lightly used books found a new home this week, as the Friends of the Scarsdale Public Library enjoyed a successful book sale.
Residents flocked to the library this week to peruse the sale’s collection of nearly-new and out-of-print books. Library personnel sorted the books by genre, and prices decreased as the sale went on, concluding in a two-day “blowout sale” over the weekend.
Kathy Steves, who organized the sale, said that nearly 60,000 books were collected, and the library hopes to raise at least $45,000 – which would match last year’s total.
“It’s all been very positive – people seem to really enjoy this sale every year. We worked out some kinks and there weren’t too many problems this year,” she said. “It always amazes me how many books the community donates to us.”
Steves said that biographies were the most popular books this year, followed by the classics. Many teachers visited the sale this year to fill their classroom bookshelves, and several parents used the opportunity to get the books on their children’s reading lists.
“We’ve seen a lot of parents come in with reading lists to pick up children and teen books,” she said. “We like it when families come in because it’s important to promote reading and get kids to the library.”
When the sale wraps up Sunday afternoon, Steves will continue to look for good homes for books that aren’t sold. She has a list of non-profit organizations that will make good use of the literature, and many paperbacks will be delivered to prisoners at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining.
If residents know of a non-profit organization that can use the literature, they may contact Kathy Steves at Steves10583@gmail.com.
“Next week we’ll start delivering the leftover books to nursing homes, children’s hospitals, veterans, really anyone that will enjoy them. We’ve also sent some to Sing Sing the last few years,” she said. “The most important thing is that we recycle the books. None go to waste.”