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?

 https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/do-i-own-too-many-books

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 

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.

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.

Time for the Great Spring Round-Up

Working on Spring Cleaning? Have too many books? Too many records, DVDs, puzzles, games, CDs?

Bring them to us! (Your donations are tax deductible.)

We’ll be set up with “manned” barrels SATURDAY, MAY 19 from 10 AM to 1PM

In the parking lots at these locations:

  • David’s Church, 170 W. David Rd, Kettering
  • Aullwood Audubon Center, 1000 Aullwood Rd. Dayton
  • St. Pauls Church,  33 W. Dixon, Oakwood
  • Miami Valley Unitarian Church , 8690 Yankee Rd, Centerville
  • Siebenthaler Nursery on the corner of Whipp and Far Hills
  • Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church St. Xenia
  • Davies Residence at 3975 Forest Ridge Blvd in Riverside.

You can get a receipt at these sites.

 

In addition from SATURDAY, MAY 19 through SATURDAY, MAY 26 you can drop your stuff (and get a receipt) at

ALL DAYTON AREA GRISMER TIRE STORES, including Troy and Springfield.

(Might as well get your oil changed while you’re there.)

Questions? Give us a call (937) 999-4491

This year the sale of the books benefits Rebuilding Together Dayton, The Victory Project and We Care Arts.

Introducing Our 2018 Beneficiaries

After a very long and challenging process to winnow down our wonderful applicants to just three new beneficiaries, we have done just that.

(We so wish we had fifty grants to give away! Thanks to all who applied and stay tuned for some changes in the application process for 2019.)

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

Rebuilding Together Dayton works to  build community partnerships that provide home rehabilitation for low-income Dayton Area homeowners, particularly the elderly, so they may live in warmth, safety and independence. All of their work falls into one of four focus areas: safe and healthy housing, youth and corporate engagement, community revitalization and veteran housing.  The average age of their clients is 77, and the average annual income $16,000. Read more about their vision and accomplishments at their website  http://www.rtdayton.org

The Victory Project is a privately funded nonprofit after-school program which mentors disengaged young men in our city. They forged an alliance  between business, criminal justice and faith communities to allow local teens to break the cycle of hopelessness, insignificance and isolation by addressing physical, emotional and spiritual needs.  Offering a real alternative to the streets, they are open year round, six days a week, building long-lasting relationships with young men at risk, sharing dinner together every weeknight, providing  individualized tutoring and entrepreneurship models through landscaping and home improvement micro-businesses.  Check out their website at http://www.victoryproject.org/

An uncommon alliance has formed between the business, criminal justice and faith communities to allow our young men to break the cycle of hopelessness, insignificance and isolation by addressing physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

We Care Arts works with developmentally disabled adults and youth, senior citizens with dementia, and the mentally ill to  achieve greater personal independence. Through a variety of art experiences, they promote the artist’s individuality, self esteem, community skills, ability to focus, life skills, responsibility, confidence and job skills.  A team of paid staff and volunteers creates an environment that fosters individual talents and provides  training for each artist. In addition, We Care Arts has developed installations for use in public schools and the “Art on a Cart” program for patients receiving chemotherapy.  Click their website link to learn more!   http://www.wecarearts.org/

 We are delighted to be part of the future of these three wonderful organizations and look forward to getting to know them better through partnership and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Thanks to all that applied, and please know that we were so impressed by so many of the organizations, and if you weren’t chosen this  year, hope that you will consider applying again.

Book Fair Foundation Will Present $30,000 to Local Non-­Profits; and will Announce 2018 Beneficiaries

 

On Friday, February 2 the Book Fair Foundation will present checks for ten thousand dollars each to the Artemis Center, Caesar’s Ford Theatre Co. and Dayton Public Radio; all beneficiaries of the proceeds from the 2017 Dayton Book Fair.

Additionally, the three new beneficiaries for the 2018 Dayton Book Fair will be announced. Each year the Foundation chooses three beneficiaries from applications of local non-­‐profit organizations to receive the proceeds from Ohio’s largest book fair, which takes place the second weekend in November at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

The presentation will take place at the new event space, The 804, at 804 E. Monument Ave. in Dayton, at 3:30 on Friday afternoon. Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome.

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.

Call for Volunteers!

Dayton’s 47th annual Book Fair is fast approaching and we would love your help!

We’ll be hosting a Book Pricing Blitz at our Book Loft at 2181 Embury Park Rd, Dayton on Sunday, October 29 from noon to five. Folks will be pricing and sorting hardcover, paperback and children’s books to get these last books to this year’s sale. It’s relaxed work with plenty of time for socializing and (of course) snacks. Even if you’ve never helped at the Book Loft before, come out and give it a try. We think you’ll have fun.

Set up for the sale starts Monday, November 6th at noon at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The first day will largely involve moving pallets, dividers and tables into place. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be devoted to unpacking and arranging books on tables. We’ll start each morning at 9 and run till 5 or 6 in the afternoon. Informal lunch will be provided Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and on Wednesday, we’ll have our customary catered lunch for volunteers at 12:30.

The Book Fair begins Friday at nine a.m. and runs each day through Sunday at eight p.m. All kinds of festivities are planned for Saturday, so you won’t want to miss that! We’re asking Book Fair volunteers to please commit to four hour shifts (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.) As always we need readers, adders, baggers, straighteners and the like. If you had a job in the past that you loved and would like to do it again, just let us know.

And finally, Monday. Monday is “Clean Sweep” from eight a.m. until noon. Bibliophiles pay a dollar to get in and can take as much as they want. In other years we have given the remaining books away (sometimes at considerable expense to us) to recyclers. We’ve decided we’re no longer comfortable seeing a few tons of goods books shipped off to be shredded, so we will be packing them all up this year and taking them back to the loft to be re-sorted and allocated to different charities and the like. With your help, we know we can do it!

Proceeds from this year’s book sale benefit the wonderful folks at Artemis Center, Caesar’s Ford Theatre Co. and Discover Classical! Dayton Public Radio. We hope you will be as enthusiastic as we are about lending a hand to help such fantastic organizations.

Please call the Book Loft to let us know how and when you can help— (937) 999-4491.  We are there much of the time, but if you happen to get the answering machine, just leave a message and we can call you back. Also, feel free to email us at bookfair@earthlink.net.

Our heartfelt thanks to you– we couldn’t do the work we do without the support of such an extraordinary volunteer team.

Hope to see you soon!