How to Apply to Be a Beneficiary

 

 

As we move forward for this year’s sale, we are also looking towards next year’s sale and to that end, we have revamped the application process somewhat.

Instead of “just a letter”, we now have a 3-page application form (not that complicated, just ample space for your answers) and we’d like a letter too and a few supplemental materials– all towards helping us making the best choice we can. (And it is a hard choice, my friends, a very hard choice.)

We admit a slight favoritism towards smaller organizations.  We enjoy knowing that the money that we work so hard to give away really makes a difference. Tim, from Caesar’s Ford Theatre Company (one of last year’s beneficiaries) stopped in yesterday (with some books) and good news that the feasibility study that we helped fund is paving the way to not just their success, but ultimately their survival.  When we gave the check to Learning Tree Farm (in 2016) it came just in the nick of time– they had to drill a new well for livestock at the farm, in the dead of winter.

But if you’re a larger organization, that doesn’t mean you’re out of the running. We understand that budgets are a funny thing and that you may have an important project that you can’t finance unless you have some money from some other source– like the Book Fair Foundation.

Some people probably find it corny, but really we are serious about community networking and building relationships with the beneficiaries that we choose. Some years this works better than others. If we’re going to just be one of a big list of donors to you this year, we may not be a good match for each other.  There are many pieces in the pie that is our mission (Mmm, pie. We love pie, did I mention that?) : keeping books circulating (and out of landfills!) funding a few local non-profits, helping people part with their books in a meaningful way, providing packing and pick up service for those who need it, community development, furthering projects in literacy,  and keeping idle bibliophiles off the streets.

We’d like to hear from you. The application packet is below. To be considered it must reach our offices by Tuesday, December 18th (it can be hand-delivered) or be post-marked by Saturday, December 15th.

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Looking for Next Year’s Figurehead

Everything happens so quickly this time of year. The board met yesterday to discuss plans for this year’s sale, new categories for next year and how we’re going to revise the application process. (And we made waffles.) Wristbands went on sale just past the stroke of midnight– and we’ll start mailing those on Tuesday morning. Posters and postcards and business cards and banners are all on their way to the printer. We’re arranging for forklifts and rented tables and making a map of the new layout (as much like the old layout as possible) for our new digs at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

In the midst of this we have to look forward enough to 2019 to choose a figurehead for our 49th sale, so that we can have bookmarks available to give out at our 48th sale. In the past we’ve featured Abraham Lincoln, and Jane Austen and this year Dayton’s own Paul Laurence Dunbar.

In keeping with the local theme, we’re considering Natalie Barney, or Virginia Hamilton or Tecumseh. Maybe we need to look towards a broader realm– to Maya Angelou or Zora Neale Hurston or Geronimo. Mark Twain? Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings? Agatha Christie? Maybe a living writer? If you have suggestions, we’d love to hear them.

Late Summer Roundup

Gather up all those stray books, DVDs, records and CDs. Corral your board games, puzzles, and the like and drive them on over to your local Grismer’s during the week between Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, August 25th.

The good folks at Grismer’s will have receipts on hand for you and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your books are going to a good cause. (Several good causes, actually.) Check out the great work of our 2018 Beneficiaries at this link.

Maybe you should get an oil change while you’re there? There are 17 Grismer’s Tire Stores in the greater Dayton area (including Troy, Springfield and Springboro) and you can find a complete list here.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our annual sale starting Friday, November 9th.  Wristbands go on sale on this site and by telephone on Monday, October 8th.

The New Bridge. Due in 2019.

The most obvious way to reach our offices– straight down Keowee– has become a bit of a mystery if you’re coming from the South.  Actually, even if you’re coming from the North, it’s a little more complicated.

But not impossible.

This map gives you a couple of options. If you’re coming from the South, we recommend that you do one of two things: either stay on I-75 to Wagner Ford and turn south on Dixie. Follow the DETOUR signs to turn right on Drill St.  and continue to Kearns, where you turn left. (Do not turn left onto Bluefield. It is a private road and full of potholes. Also the people who own the road would rather you didn’t.)  Go past the “Road Closed” sign– we are the second building on your left, next door to the Metro Parks Ranger Station.

The other method is to take Riverside Drive to Ridge, turn on Ridge towards Triangle Park, go to the top of the hill, turn right on to Embury Park road and proceed past the “Road Closed” sign. We are the second building on your left, next to the Metro Parks Ranger Station.

If you try to get here and get lost– just call us (937) 999-4491 and we will help you find your way.

We’re so sorry for the inconvenience. They promise us the new bridge will be beautiful. And not so likely to collapse under the weight of a big truck full of books.

 

Is Thing Two at Your House?

Have a Minivan you’d like to Donate?

 

This is Thing One. (The van. The smiling man is our main driver, Elmer.)

Thing One has given, and continues to give great service. We can fit 54 cartons of books in Thing One. But dear Thing is 14 years old, and occasionally has down days (new radiator! new fan!) and we are thinking the Book Fair Foundation needs THING 2!

But it’s not just for the times that Thing One is under the weather— we are doing so many pick-ups (did you know we’ll pick up books from folks?) that scheduling is sometimes a challenge. And we also pick up leftover books from community library sales– and on Monday, we’re renting a second van so that we can fit in all of the great books we’re getting from our friends in West Milton. It would have been great to have Thing 2 along.

We are a 501c3 registered charity and because we will be using a second minivan ourselves, the IRS deems that (if you itemize your deductions) you can claim the full market value of the van you donate! Click here for more info on the Tax Benefits of Car Donations . (To appease some board members, we should add “check with a professional for tax advice.”)

So, we hope that Thing 2 will be a minivan with sliding doors and a solid floor that is in reasonable running condition. If you think that your minivan might be the perfect Thing 2, give us a call at 937.999.4491 or send us an email at info@daytonbookfair.com, or a message through this site or our Facebook page. Or just come on over and see us.

Have a Spare Afternoon?

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We’re always eager for new volunteers at our Book Loft, 2181 Embury Park Rd, in Dayton. We’re there Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 to 3, and Wednesdays from 1 to 7.  Our volunteers range in age from 16 to 93. If you’re a physical type person and want to carry boxes and move pallets, there’s plenty of that to be done. If you’d like to sit quietly with other bibliophiles, pricing and sorting books, well, have we got a chair for you! Interested in learning to sell books online? (Or maybe you already know how to sell books online, and want to give us a hand.) There are magazines to sort, puzzles to price, art prints to shrink-wrap, books of every size, shape and subject to pack.

And everyday at 12:30 we take a break for ice cream. (We go through 4 cartons a week if you’re curious.) There’s even hot fudge and whipped cream if you like. Not to mention a whole fridge and pantry full of a wide variety of snacks.

Many of our volunteers come on a regular schedule, others stop in periodically. It helps if you love books and have a good sense of humor. (And we do have some folks who don’t like ice cream, so if you’re one of those, don’t let that be a deal breaker.) Come on by and meet our all-volunteer staff, have a tour, sit down and stay for awhile.

If you’d like more info, please feel free to call (937.999.4491) or email (info@daytonbookfair.com) or send us a message through this website or our Facebook page.

We Give Away Books Too

We’re known for collecting books for our big sale, but we also give books away.  We have a fair amount of foot traffic past our office– usually people walking to the bus stop– so we’ve started giving away books under our big umbrella.

A few weeks ago we had a call from the Ohio Reading Corps, a branch of Americorps, wondering if we could give them some books for their reading program. We could. Here are some of our volunteers with an Ohio Reading Corps tutor, just before we figured out how to put a pallet’s worth of books into his Honda Accord.

We give books to Dave Hurwitz as well– we hope you’ve seen his wonderful truck full of free books at festivals and in the Oregon District.

We’ve given books to camps, preschools, clinics, community kitchens, shelters, and jails. If you have a group who could use some books, let us know.

You can reach us at 937.999.4491 or send us a message through this site.

And don’t forget that on the last day of our sale, Monday from eight a.m. to noon, you can pay one dollar to get in and take away all the books you want.

Book Fair Foundation Chooses Beneficiaries for 2017

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It’s a wonderful thing, poring over the scores of applications we received this year from fantastic local organizations who need and want our help— Dayton is really lucky to have so many great non-profits. Given the strengths of the applications we received, it was an enormous challenge for our whole board to winnow down the candidates to just three.

But we did it!

We are delighted to announce that the three beneficiaries we chose for 2017 are Caesar’s Ford Theatre Inc., Dayton Public Radio (“Discover Classical”) and the Artemis Center.

10561710_805095596198072_2127137991330307210_nCaesar’s Ford Theatre is a fledgling theatre company based in Fairborn who works to bring Ohio history and literature to outdoortheatre, and because their performances are free, they endeavor to make live theatrical works accessible to all. Their mission is to educate the public about the history of Ohio and classic literary works through the performing arts and educational programs. Find out more about Caesar’s Ford Theatre here.

 

Dayton Public Radio is an independent public radio station, a veritable concert hall that never closes for its 45,000 listeners. Known to its listeners as “Discover Classical 88.1”, the station works to preserve access to the arts for all citizens. Unlike most public radio stations,  Dayton Public Radio  no university affiliation (and thus no university funding) but is funded almost entirely through  donations from its listeners.  Learn more about Discover Classical here.

The Artemis Center is committed to ending domestic violence and provides services to victims of intimate partner abuse in conjunction with sheltering offered through the YWCA. Their services include advocacy and counseling, child and adult therapy, court accompaniment, a pantry, and financial assistance with lock changes, cab rides to safety, bus tickets out of town and other services. You can find out more about the Artemis Center here.

 

 

In 2016, the Foundation chose FilmDayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS and the Learning Tree Farm. Each of those organizations was awarded an equal share of the net proceeds from Ohio’s largest used book sale— ten thousand dollars each.

Throughout  the year the three organizations will work in concert with the Book Fair Foundation to promote the donation of books, perhaps lending a hand with sorting and pricing and promoting the Book Fair in November.  We are very much looking forward to getting to know the folks at these three worthy organizations and working in partnership with them throughout the year. At the end of the year, the three organizations will receive equal shares of the net proceeds of Ohio’s largest used book sale, the Dayton Book Fair.

Another One for the Record Books

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Hard to believe it’s already been a week since we took this photo on the last hours of clean-up of our 46th annual Book Fair.  We are pleased to say that we made enough money that our three beneficiaries (FilmDayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, and the Learning Tree Farm) we’ll each  be presented with a substantial check to help continue their important work.

We could not have done this without a platoon of volunteers. Maybe a couple of platoons. We are forever indebted to those who step forward to help us, time and again, who work long hours, lift heavy boxes and are not only still standing at the end of a long day, but still smiling too. And not just at the sale, which is 8 days of steady labor, but also year round at our office and warehouse, the Book Loft.

31025773496_fa5a45aecf_oOur enduring gratitute~

Lynn Adams, Larry Banks, Wendy Banks, Pat Barcelona, Carlyle Barnard, Jack Barnard, Barbara Beach, Deb Bentley, Debbie Bertke, Karl Bissett, Alice Bush, Marv Campbell, Ted Campbell, Rebecca Cantrell, Shelly Charles, Darcie Clark, Charlene Cross, Dennis Cross, Brian Davies, Keelan Day, Fran Delegato, Dori Dick, Jeannette Dohner, David Engelsman, Diane Estridge, Allison Fickus, Maggie French, Garry Greene, Mindy Greene, Lisa Grigsby,  Lynn Haven, Pam Henson, Jo Hoak, Cassie Hoell, Dave Hurwitz, Pat Johnson, Abby Kallmeyer, Chrissy Kaninberg, Betsy Keyes, Barbara Kordenat, Norm Krebs, Jan Leary, Tracy Leonard, Elmer Lieu, Julian Lieu, Christian Matheny, Jack Matheny, Grace Miller, Karen Miller, Tom Miller, Jana Morse, Nancy Nerny, Donna Nickels, Maureen O’Meara, Ally Reckers, Brenda Rupert, Chris Rupert, Kate Schultz, Janice Shuler, Gary Sinck, Audrey Smith, Sandy Smith, Amanda Tomlin, Susan Tomlin, Larkin Vonalt, Bea Walther and Nancy Watson.

Our thanks also to our wonderful business partners, who always go above and beyond to help us provide Dayton with it’s oldest and largest used book sale.

Beavercreek Rental, Kevin Crisler from Cox Media, Beth Anspach from Dayton Daily News, Meredith Moss from Dayton Daily News, David Esrati from Next Wave, Brian Miracle at First Data, Fred Grundeman, Steven Roe from Huntington Bank; Kosins’ Tents and Events, Bill Landis, Patty and her guys at Lewis and Michael; The Living Dayton Crew at WDTN, Aaron Collett, Lori Page, Dale Spencer and the Guys in Blue from the Montgomery County Fairgounds; Jeannette Peters-Ware, Roscoe Peters, and Nina, Michael, Joe and the rest of the Security Team from Peak Security, Our Gang at Penske; Alyson Brate from the Perfect Wife Catering, Aimee Thomes Plesa, and Andi Smith.

And of course, an enormous thank you to the hundreds of people who bring their books into us, who call us to come get their books, to Miami Valley Boy Scout Troop 516, to the great folks at the West Milton Library, at the Tipp City Library, at the Dayton Metro Libraries, and all of the  many churches, synagogues and local businesses who graciously host barrels for donated books.

And finally– our customers, who delight us with their enthusiasm for books, who give space on their shelves to a few more volumes (or a few hundred more volumes) some of whom have been coming year after year after year — and some who just found us this year. WIthout you, there would be no success. Thank you, and please come again.

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It’s been yet another wonderful sale. So many thousands of books found new homes, so many thousands of people found new books— and it’s all thanks to you.

We’re almost ready . . . .

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(and here’s a peek at the new auction catalog.)

 

What an incredible day we’ve had! All the books made it to the Coliseum from the warehouse, but it turns out our dock plate wasn’t long enough to drive the forklift onto the trailer to fetch them. Did I mention that it’s a LOT of books?  We did finally come up with a work-around solution, and all the books are unloaded and boxes are being unpacked, probably as you read this.

Look for a segment about us on Tuesday on WDTN “Living Dayton” at lunchtime. Given that it’s election day, we’re bringing some books to share that have interesting political twists.

Also, we think we might have heard that we’ll be featured on the front of the lifestyle section of Thursday’s Dayton Daily News.

Though the Book Fair won’t officially start until Thursday morning, for the fantastic volunteers that make it all happen, it’s already underway. (People actually take vactionas from their jobs to help us with this.)

We’ll be having a silent auction again this year, which will finish at 6 p.m. on Saturday night. There will be paper catalogs available at the sale, or you can peruse it at this link: auctioncatalog16

Also, you can still pre-order wristbands for will-call. It’s easiest for us if you do so through the website, but if you don’t have that option you can still order by phone– call us on our cell 937.781.6561 to do so.