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!

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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.

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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How to Be a Beneficiary

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As it’s “Giving Tuesday,” this seems an appropriate time to talk about how to apply to be a beneficiary of the the Book Fair Foundation, and what the process is for choosing next year’s beneficiaries.

The application process could not be simpler— there’s no form or report or presentation. We simply need a letter from your group. Your letter should tell us something about the group’s mission, your role in our community, and how you envision a partnership with the Book Fair Foundation.

There are three requirements for application:

  1. Your group must be a registered organization in the State of Ohio.
  2. Your location must be within 25 miles of the city of Dayton
  3. You must be a 501c3.

Letters must be received by December 31, 2016.

The board will meet early in January to talk about the applications we’ve received. Some of the things that we consider is what kind of “match” the applicant feels like for us— does this seem like a group whose mission is in concert with our own? We also look at the 990-N documents that each organization has filed. We work very hard to make the book fair a success. We’d like the gift we give to have significant impact on the organizations we choose.

Dayton Book Fair beneficiaries share equally in the net proceeds generated by the fair– and this year we will again choose three organizations.

If your group is chosen as a beneficiary, there are certain requirements you should be aware of.

We require 40 volunteer hours from your organization. It can be 40 people for one hour, 4 people for ten hours, one person for 40 hours— the volunteer hours can be at the sale, or during one of our two roundups or during the year at the Book Loft, or a combination of any of those. At least four of those forty hours must be fulfilled on the afternoon of November 13th,2017 the Monday following the sale.

Additionally, we expect that you will promote the 47th Annual Dayton Book Fair among your own volunteers, staff and fans– through newsletter, website, Facebook page, emails or tweets. We want the people who love your organization to help support you by supporting the Book Fair.

Letters of application should be sent to the Book Fair Foundation, 2181 Embury Park Rd, Dayton, OH 45414. You are also welcome to drop off your letter at our Embury Park Road office. (Look for the big red sign in the yard.) We are open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 to 3 and Wednesday 1 to 7.

We will announce the beneficiaries of the 2017 Dayton Book Fair on Monday, January 16th, 2017 on this site, on our Facebook page and on our telephone greeting.

And remember, if we don’t choose you this year, that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t choose you another year, so even if you are disappointed, be sure to apply again.

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.

Looking for Wine Boxes!

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We use many wine boxes at the Book Fair. (You know, the shipping cartons, not “cardboardeaux”, as my friend Martha calls wine-in-a-box.) We cut them down to hold staple bound books (especially kids books), magazines and pamphlets. Usually we have plenty, but this year we are short. We could use about 40 wine boxes. And because we are still madly pricing and packing books for the upcoming sale, we don’t really have time to go out looking for them.

If you have extra, or if you have an “in” with a liquor store that could spare some for us, or even better if you could actually bring some to us at the Book Loft at 2181 Embury Park Road in Dayton, that would be wonderful!