Dayton Book Fair November 10 – 13th

Mark Your Calendars Now!

We waited before we had 5000 bookmarks printed to be certain that our sale was going to be on the very last date the Montgomery County Fairground said was available. We waited ’till the absolute last minute before approving our half-page ad in the newspaper. Then, last week, we got the call. Would we like our old dates instead? Would we ever!

We are delighted to announce that the 47th annual Dayton Book Fair will be in its old home at the Coliseum Building at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Friday November 10th through Monday, November 13th.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday’s Clean Sweep is just 8 am till noon.

Admission on Friday, November 10 is $10 at the door, or you can pre purchase numbered wristbands through this site starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, October 1st. Cost for online purchase is $11 per wristband (to cover Paypal fees and postage) and entrance will be in the numbered wristband order.

Admission on Saturday, November 11th is free. We’ll have all kinds of interesting things going on Saturday with Jane Austen making a special appearance, along with story tellers,  cupcakes and mystery discount cards after 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 12 is bag day— all bags are $7.50 (which includes tax) and includes everything in the sale except collectibles, which are half price. Admission is free

On Monday, November 13 it’s our special Clean Sweep. On Monday morning only from 8 a.m. to noon, pay one dollar to get in and take all the books, movies, records, magazines that you want.

We’re the biggest used Book Sale in Ohio, and for sure there is something for everyone!

Proceeds of the book sale benefit Artemis Center, Caesar’s Ford Theatre Co. and Dayton Public Radio.

It’s Round Up Time!

We are thrilled to announce that through the generosity and cooperation of Grismer Tires we are extending Round Up at every Grismer location in the Miami Valley, Springfield and Troy from Monday, May 15th through Monday, May 22nd. Just bring your books inside to the barrel in the waiting room– don’t forget to get your receipt and new bookmark from the Grismer staff while you’re there.

And of course, on Saturday, May 20th, we’ll be at all our regular locations as well, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at our Book Loft Location, 2181 Embury Park Road, Dayton at least ’till 3 pm and probably longer.

  • David’s Church 170 W. David Rd, Kettering
  • Davies Residence 3975 Forest Ridge Blvd, Riverside
  • Fickus Residence, 201 King St.Yellow Springs
  • First United Methodist Church, 60 E. North St. Springboro
  • Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church St., Xenia
  • Harmony Creek Church 5280 Bigger Rd. Kettering
  • K12 Gallery 341 S. Jefferson St. Dayton
  • Miami Valley Unitarian Church, 8690 Yankee Rd. Centerville
  • Polk Grove Church, 9190 Frederick Pike, Englewood
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon, Oakwood
  • Trinity Church 821 N. Central, Fairborn.

Please note that we will not be collecting at Montgomery County Fairgrounds this spring, even though it said so in the ad– but we WILL be at Fairgrounds for our annual sale, this year Friday November 10 through Monday, November 13, 2017.

The Book Fair Foundation is a 501c3 registered charity, and your donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds from this year’s sale benefit Artemis Center, Caesar’s Ford Theatre Company and Dayton Public Radio.

We welcome donations of books, vinyl records, VHS, DVD, CDs, puzzles, board games, prints and maps.

If you have questions, just give us a call– 937.999.4491.

(And if you can’t manage to bring your donations to us, give us a call to ask about our free pick-up service.)

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.

Need a Pick Up?

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We  understand that boxes of books are heavy and difficult to move.  We also know that for some folks, even the job of packing the books can get to be just too much. That’s why we offer a pick-up service for those who need it.

Just call us during regular business hours at (937) 999-4491 (or after hours and leave a message) and we will schedule a time that is convenient for you to pick up your books. We can even bring boxes and pack them if you need help with that.

And it doesn’t have to be that many books. If you need help, just give us a call and we will come and help you. Usually we can arrange to pick up your books within a day or two of your call.

There is no charge for this service, and of course we provide you with a receipt, as any donation you make to the Dayton Book Fair is tax-deductible.

For those of you who’d prefer to bring your books in, we’re open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 to 3 and Wednesday 1 to 7 at 2181 Embury Park Road, in Dayton. And we’ve scheduled our Spring Round up for Saturday, May 20th.

But if you need a pick up, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

The Joy in Giving

Someone asked us recently what was one of the best things we did this year. And this was it, hands down.

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There’s nothing like handing somebody deserving some cash they can really use.

FilmDayton will use the 10 grand we gave them for workshops. Learning Tree Farm needed work done on their well. K12 will be able to use the money they got from us to expand the occupancy of their building from 69 to more than 300.

This feels good. All the work that we do each year, nearly every single day of the year to make the Book Fair happen is returned to us in gasps of surprise, peals of laughter, pure unadulterated joy.  It feels good to give away money.

Today, December 31,  is the last day to get your applications in the mail to us, or to drop them by our office at 2181 Embury Park Road. We just need a letter– and the particulars are at this post– How to Be a Beneficiary.

We had a fantastic time this year working with Lisa, Rebecca, and Loralynn– and a shout out to Elaine Bonner for her work in bringing this group together as well. It gives us great pleasure to know that the three beneficiaries from 2016 will stay on as friends of the Book Fair Foundation, as we get ready for the 2017 sale.

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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.