Closed Again, July 6 – 13th

The Foundation’s “Book Loft” will again be closed; this time through Monday, July 13 for two reasons.

The first is that one of the compressors for the air-conditioning has failed, so half of the building is without AC. The building owner will be replacing both compressors (since they’re both 28 years old) sometime during the week— and it takes a crane to do so because they are installed on the roof. The thing is that we don’t know the actual day next week— it’s forecast to be in the 90s all week and it puts a great deal of stress on the remaining working system to have it running with the other off. So it’s hot here.

The other is that Montgomery County is one of seven hot spots for extreme risk for the Coronavirus infection. Two of the others are Butler and Hamilton counties, so that makes a whole lot of free-floating infectors in our area. With the mask ordinance in Dayton, I hope that we will begin to see a reduction in those numbers.

The board will revisit this situation next weekend and decide where to go from there. I surely do hope that we will be able to decide to once again open our doors.

We are closed through May 29th

Dear Friends of the Dayton Book Fair,
It has been a difficult week for difficult decisions. Out of an abundance of caution and because a significant percentage of our volunteer staff are in the at-risk-for-death age rage for Covid19, we are closing the doors of the book loft effective immediately through Friday, May 29, when we will re-evaluate. During this time, we will also be suspending pickups from people’s homes and businesses. We understand that some people are of the opinion that the measures being taken at this time are a massive overreaction, I hope they’re right. But it is simply not worth the risk to endanger anyone’s health over second-hand books.

In the meantime, you have all those books you’ve been wanting to read, right?

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Take care, stay home, stay well and keep washing your hands. We’ll keep you posted.
Kind regards,

Larkin Vonalt

Executive Director, Dayton Book Fair 

Three New Beneficiaries

The Dayton Book Fair Foundation has chosen three downtown Dayton nonprofit organizations as beneficiaries of the 2019 Dayton Book Fair. This year’s book fair is the the 49th annual fair, the largest used book sale in Ohio and will generate grants of around $10,000 for each recipient.

The three organizations chosen from a large pool of applicants are the Dayton Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Dayton LGBT Center and Community Action Partners of the Miami Valley.

“We get so many excellent applicants each year,” said foundation director Larkin Vonalt “that it’s a great challenge to just pick three.” The process of choosing beneficiaries takes four to six weeks for the board of seven. “The organizations we chose this year had also applied in previous years,” Vonalt said “and in that light, we strongly encourage organizations to apply more than once.”

The three groups they picked this year all call downtown Dayton home, and range from a tiny nonprofit to an enormous organization with a multi-million dollar budget. “But just because they’re big doesn’t mean that they don’t need help,” Vonalt explained. That beneficiary, Community Action Partners of Miami Valley has been trying for years to build a bus shelter outside their south Main St. offices to provide a safe, dry place for their clients to wait for the bus. Though their budget is considerable, all of it has stipulations attached, and there was nothing extra to build the shelter.”  Community Action Partners is a private non-profit organization that provides assistance with utilities, weatherization, shelter programs, transportation, legal issues, home repair, computer literacy, tax assistance and housing.

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Also chosen to receive a grant this year is the Greater Dayton LGBT Center on Jefferson St. The funding they’ll receive is earmarked for the commercial kitchen they’re building to prepare free community meals they offer, teach cooking classes and meet the requirements for a licensed kitchen to be able to make food items for resale. The LGBT Center also offers support groups, a book club, health testing, holiday gatherings, social events, AA meetings, Yoga classes and seminars in their efforts to “enhance lives and empower members of diverse sexual and gender communities throughout the Miami Valley.”

“The third recipient is the smallest, a group of artists and musicians that for the last seven years have produced (on a shoestring) a marvelous festival and parade celebrating Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, one of the most important of Mexican holidays,” Vonalt said.

Though predominantly Mexican, the holiday is also marked in Europe as “All Saints Day” and focuses on gatherings to remember friends and family who have died, and help support their spiritual journey through parties, parades and the making of altars to honor them. This vibrant celebration at the Dayton Day of the Dead Festival begins with a parade through the Oregon district with huge skeleton puppets, floats, revelers in elaborate costumes (and sugar-skull facepaint and wreaths of flowers), musicians, dancers and children. The parade finishes at the Old Yellow Cab company where festivities continue with story telling, folk dancing, music, more face painting and Mexican and South American street food provided by local restaurants and St. Mary’s Church. The festival is free and family-friendly.

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Through the year, the organizations are each asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service to the Book Fair Foundation and to help with a book drive and promoting the fair. “We hope to build a relationship with each of our beneficiaries,” Vonalt explained. “In the end, we want to try to build a stronger network of Dayton-area non-profits helping each other.”

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.