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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to Be a Beneficiary

On Friday, February 2, 2018  the Dayton Book Fair will present three checks to our 2017 beneficiaries: Artemis Center, Caesar’s Ford Theatre Co. and Discover Classical-Dayton Public Radio. Each of those checks will be for somewhere in the neighborhood of ten thousand dollars. And we’ll announce the beneficiaries for 2018.

Generally, this is where people ask “how can I be considered to be a beneficiary?”

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There are three essential qualifications.

  • Your organization must be a recognized non-profit in the state of Ohio.
  • It must be a designated 501c3.
  • It must be located within 25 miles of Dayton.  (Yes, Springfield, you’re included. So, too Eaton, Mason, Middletown, Troy and so forth.)

The Deadline for applications is December 31, 2017. 

We are looking for a broad range of organizations who help benefit the people in our community through arts, education, social services and humanitarian efforts.

The application process to become a beneficiary of the Book Fair Foundation could not be simpler— there’s no form or report or presentation. We only 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.

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.

It’s possible that we may want to schedule an interview with finalists if we cannot agree on three. We get so many applications from wonderful organizations that choosing just three is quite a challenge.

We require 40 volunteer hours from your organization.  At least four of those forty hours must be fulfilled on the afternoon of November 12th, 2018 the Monday following the sale.

Additionally, we expect that you will promote the 48th 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. We are open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 to 3 and Wednesday 1 to 7.

We will announce the beneficiaries of the 2018 Dayton Book Fair on Thursday, February 2, 2018 at a reception for the 2017 beneficiaries, on this site, on our Facebook page and on our telephone greeting.

If you have questions, you’re welcome to call us (937) 999-4491 to talk to us.

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.