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.

New (Old) Home for the Book Fair

We are delighted to announce that the Dayton Book Fair is continuing our 40-year long relationship with the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and will follow them to their new location at 645 Infirmary Road, just off of US35.

One of the familiar faces in the new place.
The building under construction.

The 2018 Sale will start Friday, November 9th at 9 a.m. and will run through Monday, November 12th at noon. Fridays admission is $10 at the door (Advance wristbands will go on sale via our website and by telephone  on October 1. The cost for advance wristbands is $11, and entry is in numerical order.) Admission on Saturday and Sunday is free. Sunday is bag day with bags for $7.50 and boxes for $12.50 (We supply the bags and boxes.) Admission on Monday is $1 to take all that you’d like!

We are excited about the move as our new building is bigger (and warmer) and brand spanking new. There is plenty of paved parking on flat ground!

The 2018 Beneficiaries of the Dayton Book Fair are Rebuilding Together Dayton, The Victory Project and We Care Arts.

Saturday at the Dayton Book Fair!

Saturday at Dayton Book Fair

It’s Saturday at the 47th Annual Dayton Book Fair! We’re open today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and we have untold thousands of books, records and movies for your perusal and shopping pleasure! Come see us at the Coliseum Building, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St. in Dayton.

Today we’re having fun with Jane Austen . . . if you come dressed as Jane, or a character from an Austen novel, we’ll be happy to give you a ten dollar gift certificate. Don’t forget to take a selfie with Jane! After 4 p.m. we’ll have cupcakes for you from Moore Dessert Please and special discounts throughout the evening.

Guys from Freedom’s Boombox taking selfies with Jane at the television station. Come on in to the Book Fair and you can take selfies with Jane too!

Saturday is also the last day for our fabulous silent auction, ending at 6 p.m. Among this year’s auction items are books signed by Jane Goodall, President Lyndon B. Johnson, famous pop culture photographer Herb Green; and a wonderful copy of Mike Peters’ The Nixon Chronicles, not just signed by Mike, but also featuring a hand-drawn cartoon of Nixon inside the front cover. You can see more about our auction at our website.

And if you can’t make it today, don’t forget that tomorrow is our bag sale, with bags full of books at $7.50 (tax included) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. And on Monday, maybe you can give us a hand cleaning up with Monday Morning Clean Sweep from 8 a.m to noon— pay just one dollar to get in, and take as much as you want.

The proceeds from this year’s sale benefits the Artemis Center, Caesar’s Ford Theatre Company and Discover Classical 88.1 Dayton Public Radio.

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.

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.

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.

Did You Miss the Round Up, Pardner?

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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.