Looking for Wine Boxes!



We use many wine boxes at the Book Fair. (You know, the shipping cartons, not “cardboardeaux”, as my friend Martha calls wine-in-a-box.) We cut them down to hold staple bound books (especially kids books), magazines and pamphlets. Usually we have plenty, but this year we are short. We could use about 40 wine boxes. And because we are still madly pricing and packing books for the upcoming sale, we don’t really have time to go out looking for them.

If you have extra, or if you have an “in” with a liquor store that could spare some for us, or even better if you could actually bring some to us at the Book Loft at 2181 Embury Park Road in Dayton, that would be wonderful!

Getting Ready for the Sale

2016dbffposterPreparations are in high gear at the Book Loft as we get ready for our 46th annual Book Fair. Wristbands are now available– and you can still secure a spot in the first 100 admissions into the fair. But that won’t last for long! Our Paypal button is working now, and you can also order wristbands by calling the office 937.999.4491.

We are looking forward to another great sale with the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, in our regular building at the Coliseum.

We’re starting a day earlier this year– on Thursday– and there is an admission charge Thursday only. Friday, Saturday and Sunday admission are free, and Sunday is our bag day. (Still just $7.50 per bag and that includes the sales tax too!) We’ll have some special events Saturday afternoon and evening, so stay tuned.

Again this year, you can help us on Monday at our “Clean Sweep” — just pay a dollar to get in and take all the books you like.

There’s still time to donate books for this year’s sale and if you’d especially like your donations to go to FilmDayton, K12 Gallery and TEJAS and the Learning Tree Farm, be sure to get them to us by October 21st.

Moving Day at the Loft

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In preparation for Round Up, we moved 40 or so pallets to our new warehouse space. (And a good thing we did too, as we really needed the space for all the new-to-us books and records and puzzles and games that came in on Saturday.) It takes a small army to keep the Foundation running– and though we got a picture of Larry Outstanding in His Field, we forgot to take more pictures until the very end of the day, when we loaded the last 11 skids of the day– and Allison, Brian and Elmer were the last here– ’till the very very end. We love them.

Did You Miss the Round Up, Pardner?


Did you miss the Round up today? Maybe you just didn’t have a chance to get your books together? Maybe you started gathering books and one caught your eye, and you sat down to look and got caught up in the story  and . . . . we know how that happens!

Not to worry though! You can always bring your donations to our Book Loft at 2181 Embury Park Road in Dayton. (Alongside the Great Miami River, near Boonshoft– between Keowee and Ridge Streets.)  We’re here Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

And if you just can’t manage to bring your books in yourself, we do offer a pick-up service, often within the week you call. So feel free to call and set up a time– 937.999.4491. We can even bring you boxes to pack them in.

We collect gently used books, records, DVDs. VHS, prints, posters, games and puzzles for our sale in November, the proceeds from which benefits FilmDayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, and the Learning Tree Farm.  We are a 501c3 registered charity and your donations are tax deductible.

Round Up This Weekend!




Don’t forget to roundup the books, records, games, puzzles, movies and so forth you’d like to donate for the Roundup on Saturday. We have a dozen sites in the greater Dayton area open  10 a.m. until 1 p.m. as well as our office-warehouse space on Embury Park which is open ’till 3 p.m.

We are a 501c3 organization and your donations are tax deductible!


  • Beavercreek Senior Center 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd.,
  • David’s Church 170 W. David Ave, Kettering
  • Davies Residence 3975 Forest Ridge Blvd, Riverside
  • First United Methodist Church, 60 E. North St. Springboro
  • Harmony Creek UC Church, 5280 Bigger Road
  • K12 Gallery 341 S. Jefferson St. Dayton
  • Learning Tree Farm 3376 S. Union, Dayton
  • Miami Valley Unitarian 8690 Yankee, Centerville
  • Montgomery County Fairgrounds 1043 S. Main St. Dayton
  • Polk Grove UC Church 9190 Frederick Pike, Englewood
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal 33 W. Dixon, Oakwood
  • Trinity UCC Church 821 N. Central, Fairborn


If you can’t make the Round Up, or it is difficult for you to bring your books to us, give us a call and we can schedule a pick up for you. Our office number is (937) 999-4491

Hara Arena Closure Forces Library Friends to Make Hard Choice

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We are so sorry to hear that our good friends at the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library have had to cancel their wonderful autumn sale due to the sudden closing of Hara Arena. We hope that they will find a suitable spot to host their Spring sale and look forward to seeing them then.


(August 16, 2016) — The Friends of the Dayton Metro Library announced today that their fall booksale has been cancelled.

“After receiving Hara Arena’s July 29 announcement of its closing in August, the Friends of the Library have been searching for an alternative venue that could be used for the planned October sale,” said Nita Lovell, President of the Friends Executive Committee. “After an extensive review over the past two weeks, it has been concluded that a suitable venue is not going to be available during the planned time period.”

The Friends of the Library will continue researching possible venues for a booksale in the spring of 2017.

For more information, follow the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library on Facebook, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-BOOK.