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.

Scheduled to “Re-Open” Tuesday June 2

The Book Fair Foundation will be returning to their offices at 2181 Embury Park Road on Tuesday, June 2. But these are strange times, and the “re-opening” will be limited while we gauge the impact reduced restrictions are having on the spread of the coronavirus.

We will be able to accept donations through contact-less drop off points, both at our front entrance and at the loading dock. Signed receipts will be available at the front entrance. If you need assistance unloading your vehicle, you must call in advance to make sure that there will be someone here who can help with that. The office number is (937) 999-4491.

We will be here our regular hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 to 3 and Wednesdays, 1 to 7.

We are sad to say that we are not able to offer in-home or in-business pick-ups at this time, but will reevaluate that situation on June 30.

We much appreciate your patience and very much hope that you and yours have stayed well during these challenging times.

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.

application packet1

 

 

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.