Pat Glattke

2018 Used Book Sale was the Best. Ever.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Used Book Sale on May 5.  It was obviously a labor of love for all volunteers. This year, we raised in excess of $4,300, an all-time record! For photos of the event, go to our Gallery.

I’d like to give a loud “shout out” to Cathie, Marilyn and Tom Drew who were on hand for many of the “sorting parties,” and Denise who picked up books as needed. By 6:30 a.m. on sale day, Library Manager Chris Moreno and his helpers were hard at work putting up tables and getting the portico ready for the volunteers.  Chris even arranged to have portico power washer prior to our sale. Michael Leamy helped by listing some high-value books online for sale.

McGrath Moving and Storage brought a large moving van to the warehouse on Friday, loaded the van and took it to the Library loading dock.  Saturday morning, they helped many of the volunteers get the books from the dock to the portico and at the end of the day, took leftovers back to the warehouse. Beard Land Development donated warehouse space and set up book cases to aid us in sorting.

Personally, I am happy to have the sale in the rearview mirror and look forward to the next one.   I am looking for someone to serve as co-chair for 2019.  That would entail assisting in picking up books and do “sorting parties” when needed.


In addition to the above mentioned, the following contributed their energies the day of the sale:

Maree Hawkins      Terry McGrath        Michael Leamy       Ellen Dambrosio

Jean Haven               Kathy Hackett         Amy Burrow            Carmen Pedrioli

Cande Brody            Pam Pallios               Barbara Quinn        Lin-Ching Malone

Marie Bairey            Linda Owen              Jonaca Driscoll        Carol Blomquist

Julie Reuben            Ann Britton              Ed Haven                  Mary Alice Metzler

Mitchell Evans         Christine Brereton

— Pat Glattke, Used Book Fair Chair

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