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.

The New Bridge. Due in 2019.

The most obvious way to reach our offices– straight down Keowee– has become a bit of a mystery if you’re coming from the South.  Actually, even if you’re coming from the North, it’s a little more complicated.

But not impossible.

This map gives you a couple of options. If you’re coming from the South, we recommend that you do one of two things: either stay on I-75 to Wagner Ford and turn south on Dixie. Follow the DETOUR signs to turn right on Drill St.  and continue to Kearns, where you turn left. (Do not turn left onto Bluefield. It is a private road and full of potholes. Also the people who own the road would rather you didn’t.)  Go past the “Road Closed” sign– we are the second building on your left, next door to the Metro Parks Ranger Station.

The other method is to take Riverside Drive to Ridge, turn on Ridge towards Triangle Park, go to the top of the hill, turn right on to Embury Park road and proceed past the “Road Closed” sign. We are the second building on your left, next to the Metro Parks Ranger Station.

If you try to get here and get lost– just call us (937) 999-4491 and we will help you find your way.

We’re so sorry for the inconvenience. They promise us the new bridge will be beautiful. And not so likely to collapse under the weight of a big truck full of books.

 

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.

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!

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.

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.