New Deadline for Beneficiary Applications

The holidays are busy for everyone, and for the members of the Foundation Board this year that means that we are having to extend the deadline for applications for the 2020 Beneficiaries of the 50th Dayton Book Fair.

We will still announce the beneficiaries on Sunday, February 2nd.

If you are interested in being a beneficiary of the Dayton Book Fair in 2020, please note that the application deadline has been changed ! It must be received by close of business (3 pm) on 21 January 2020 or postmarked 15 January 2020.  You can find information and a link to the application packet here.

Saturday September 14! Go Forth and Eat Barbeque!

Come enjoy some delicious barbeque and support your favorite Book Fair at the same time. This Saturday, September 14, at Beavercreek and Centerville OH locations of City Barbeque, if you show this barcode (on your phone is fine too) or even just tell them that you are there to support Dayton Book Fair, we will get 25% of the proceeds! A huge thanks to City Barbeque for providing such a generous fundraising opportunity for local non-profits. #daytonbookfair#citybarbeque Please share!

Print this out, stop by the office to pick up a card, or simply tell the great folks there that you want to support Dayton Book Fair! It’s all good!

One Great Volunteer

No matter how much you love doing something, sometimes it is time for a change. And so it is that our intrepid Operations Manager, Brian Davies, has resigned from the Book Fair Foundation to pursue other volunteer opportunities. He’s looking for something where the benefit of his help is more immediately apparent, and whichever organization he chooses will be so very lucky to have him. We will miss his wit and compassion and dedication— no one worked longer hours or more days. It sure won’t be the same to not see his (mostly) smiling face at the Book Loft or his gold Caddy in its usual spot in the parking lot. We wish him the very best and can never adequately thank him for all the years he’s dedicated to the Dayton Book Fair.

Wristbands on Sale October 8

Numbered wristbands for admission will be on sale beginning at 12:01 am Monday, October 8th on the “Wristband” page on the website (through Paypal) If you can’t order them on the website, you are welcome to call our office (937) 999-4491 and leave a message, and that will hold your place in line.  (Calls received before 12:01 am will be processed at the end of the day’s orders, so don’t do that.)

We have had issues in the past with folks not being able to order more than one wristband at a time. We have upgraded the website and hope that this will not be an issue this year– but if it is– don’t panic. The time of your first wristband order will establish your place in line, provided that the subsequent wristbands were ordered at approximately the same time (that is, if you order wristbands two weeks later we can’t move you up)

There is a vestibule at the new fairgrounds, but it is not as big as the one at the old fairgrounds, so remember to bring a jacket for the brief wait outside. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask– here, or on our Facebook page or by telephone. Please, though, be patient with us. We are inundated with books, we’re trying to work out the move to the new site, and sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. But we’re working on it! Looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

Miss This Round-up?

pexels-photo-185764.jpegYou are still welcome to bring books to our office at 2181 Embury Park Road, or if you need help with your donation, call us at 937.999.4491 to arrange for a pick-up. (The service is free.) 

 

The next Dayton Book Fair Round Up is just days away. Our friends at Grismer Tire & Auto Service will again be collecting gently used books, vinyl records, movies, CDs, prints, puzzles, and games at all its locations in Dayton, Springfield, and Troy. Collection barrels will be available from Saturday, August 19, through Friday, August 25.

Book Fair volunteers will also be available at eleven drop off locations on Saturday, August 19, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • The Book Loft – 2181 Embury Park Rd., Harrison Twp.
  • David’s United Church of Christ – 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
  • Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – 8690 Yankee Rd., Washington Twp.
  • Penny Lane Art Gallery & Café – 109 S. Main St., New Carlisle
  • Spice Rack & Bulk Foods – 3375 Dayton Xenia Rd., Beavercreek
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – 33 W. Dixon Ave., Oakwood

And last but not least, our friends at Ceasar’s Ford Theatre (one of our 2017 beneficiaries) will be collecting items at their information table at the Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20.

Don’t forget that your donations to the Dayton Book Fair could be eligible for a tax deduction. Receipts are available wherever you drop off your items.

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.

Books, books, everywhere…

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She’s not quite 22-months old right now, but Gracie simply cannot get enough books! Every evening after her bath, Gracie likes to pull the books out from her overflowing bookcase, spread them out on the floor of her bedroom, and turn through the pages. She will bring her favorite books to her mommy or daddy so that they can read them to her while she sits on their laps.

No matter if you are very young or very old, you simply cannot have too many books.

Today at the Book Fair, it’s our Bag Sale. Each paper grocery bag filled to the brim with books will only cost you $7.50 (tax already included). We still have plently of great books available. Please note that all items from our collectibles section are not included in the Bag Sale, but they are now 50% off.

Come down to the Book Fair today from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to take advantage of this fantastic deal and opportunity to fill your bookcases with more great books!

(Photo courtesy of Gracie’s mommy.)

It’s Saturday Night Book Fever!

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We promised to have some surprises at this year’s Book Fair, and we are ready to deliver!

We’re calling it “Saturday Night Book Fever.” Starting at 4:00 this evening, we are offering three very special treats to all our customers (while supplies last, of course):

  • Free Cupcakes!  The perfect sweet treat to keep your energy up while you browse the tables of books.
  • Scratch and Win Cards!  You will have the chance to win an immediate discount of 25% to 100% off your purchase. Scratch cards will be at the cash registers. (One scrach card per customer, and one transaction per customer.)
  • Free Book Fair Foundation Magnets!

We hope you can join us this evening at the Book Fair!