Looking for Wristbands?

Admission to the Book Fair on Friday, November 13th is by wristband– for $10. For an extra dollar, you can purchase your wristbands in advance via this website or by telephone number — (937) 999-4491.  For all the details and for the link to purchase the wristband (on November 1, 2015) see the “Wristbands” page here.

Ohio’s Largest Book Fair!

Advanced Ticket Sales, Clean Sweep, Silent Auction and Other Goodies


We are at the Loft most days now getting ready for the Book Fair. We’ll maintain at least our regular hours there until November 4. Between the 4th and the 12th, it will be the big push to get 50 tons of books and other neat stuff moved across town to the Coliseum Building at the the Fairgrounds and set up.

The Fair opens Friday morning at 9 a.m. All day Friday there is an admission of $10. (Down from the $15 it has been in the recent past.)

Instead of tickets, we’ll be issuing numbered wristbands that will provide shoppers with unlimited access in and  out of the building all day. Wristbands will be available for pre-sale after November 1, on a first come, first serve basis.

They will cost $11– $10 for the admission and a $1 service fee.  You can order them by telephone at 937.999.4491, or online at the “Wristband” tab on this website.

If you don’t reach us at the Loft, leave a message and that will secure your place in the “queue”. Wristbands ordered prior to Friday, November 6th can be mailed to you. Wristbands ordered after November 6th will be held for you at will call at the Coliseum building– be prepared to show ID to pick it up– we wouldn’t want to give the wristband to the wrong person! . Pre-sales are final.  And of course, we will be selling them outside on the line from around 8 am on Friday.

We have added a half-day to the sale on Monday morning– which we are calling the Monday Morning Clean Sweep. It costs $1 per person to get in, and after you’re in, you’re welcome to take as many books as you’d like. You are welcome to bring handcarts, garden trolleys and the like. And it would probably be a good idea to bring a few boxes with you. Clean sweep runs from 8 a.m. until noon.

The Silent Auction is back this year– we’re still compiling the catalog– and a partial catalog is available online. There will be a printed catalog at the sale. Bidding opens on Friday at 9 a.m. and will close promptly at 6:01 p.m. Saturday night. If you are the prevailing bidder and you are not there, we can ship your book to you at your expense via priority mail. (We only charge the actual cost of shipping.) Winning bidders not present will be notified by Tuesday, November 17. We’ve had some outstanding donations this year and have some really nice books on offer.

Our whole collectible section has been revamped. It has a much broader scope than ever before, with great titles from 60s and 70s pop culture and literature, wonderful children’s books, an incredible collection of esoteric books on religion (more C.S. Lewis than Jerry Falwell), an excellent collection of military history, including many books from the library of the late Gil Unger, fantastic books on film, music, travel, natural history, antiquarian books on all topics and of course a great regional section. (And hardly a coffee table book to be found among them! ) Most collectible titles are intentionally underpriced between $4 and $7.50– so be sure to check them out.

And speaking of prices– we’ve gone to unit pricing this year. Unless otherwise marked, hardcover books are all $2, larger paperbacks are $1.50, small paperbacks $1, magazines and pamphlets fifty cents. Harlequin Romances are available between 50 cents and one dollar each– or $5.00 for a case of approximately 100 books. Oh and remember those coffee table books? Three bucks.

Children’s books are a bit less– $1.50 for hardcover and $1 for paperbacks. We’ve divided that section into children’s picture books and children’s chapter books– and also made a whole new section strictly for older teens.

Other new sections this year include Pets, Theatre, Mysticism and Supernatural, Holiday, True Crime, Self-Help, Parenting and Homeschooling, and the Writer’s Corner– a collection of books about writers and writing.

We have a huge new “Findings” section in the back right hand corner of the building, on Saturday, Sunday and  Monday only– overflowing with games, puzzles and other ephemera that has come in over the course of the year.

There will be a “bag sale” again on Sunday– it’s $7.50 for a bag, and that includes tax, for all the books you can fit in the bag. The only books exempt from this are collectibles and they are half price. (And yes, we provide the bags.)

There’s plenty of free parking at the site and we provide shopping carts!

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call (937) 999-4491 or drop us a line– we look forward to seeing you in just a few short weeks!



Auction List Now Posted

Book Auction at Sotheby’s

Each year we get some really special books, and we offer those as a Silent Auction at the sale. Bidding starts on Friday, November 13th, at 9 a.m. and ends Saturday, November 14th, at 6 p.m. We will take proxy bids on these books via email and telephone through Monday, November 9th.

The auction catalog is available at https://daytonbookfair.com/auction-2/.

If you are interested in making a proxy bid, please contact us with your name, address, telephone number, email and the bid you’d like to place. If your bid prevails, we will notify you on Tuesday, November 17th. Shipping costs will be added.

Our telephone number is (937) 999-4491 and our email is bookfair@earthlink.net.

Photos will be added to this list later this week, and there may be a few more titles added prior to the sale, so stay tuned!


A Mountain Range of Books

Not just a mountain of books. It’s a mountain range of book that fills our 4000 sf workshop to bursting. We’re still sorting and packing. And sorting. And packing.

The response last weekend to our call for more books was more than anyone ever expected. We estimate that in all we took in around 14 tons of donations.

And yes, of course, we would still be happy to have more. The more books we have, the more we can sell, the more money we can provide to our four beneficiaries this year. (Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, House of Bread Community Kitchen, Human Race Theatre Co. and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.)

So, sure bring ’em in! (Or let us know if you need us to come and help you with them. (937) 999-4491.)

We are ever indebted to Meredith Moss at the Dayton Daily News for writing about us. And an enormous thank you to all who helped and all who donated. We are humbled by your kindness.

The last load comes in . . .
The last load comes in . . .

Time for Another Round-Up!

It’s hard to believe how fast the summer is flying by! Seems we were just having the Spring Round-Up and now it’s time for our August book collection shindig. Sites are listed below– and of course we will be at the Book Loft at 2181 Embury Park Rd, in Dayton.

We would love to have your books, records, movies, CDs and puzzles. Yes, we will take magazines and encyclopedias. Your donations are fully tax-deductible. We will sell donated books and other materials at our big sale November 13-16 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, to benefit four local non-profits: The Human Race Theatre Co, the House of Bread Community Kitchen, the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

We are still actively looking for volunteers as well, both for our year-round collection and processing workshop, “The Book Loft” and to help with our great big sale. Let us know if you are interested. You can call (937.999.4491) write us via this site or just stop by and say hello!


Volunteer Open House Sunday, August 2


We could use a hand. Or two. Or twenty. And to that end, we’re hosting our first ever Volunteer Open House on Sunday, August 2nd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come on by and see what we’re about.

Volunteers are needed  for both our year-round Book Loft and also to help staff our annual Book Sale, November 13-16 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. We have all kinds of different things for folks to do, and of course, it really helps if you love books. See more about specific opportunities for volunteers by clicking here.

Our hours are flexible, we have some off-site volunteer opportunities, the atmosphere at the loft is, um, bookish, and pleasant, and we provide snacks. Our current volunteers range in age from 20 to 92,  and we are united in our love for books.

We understand that you might be a little shy about just ringing up to volunteer, so we thought we’d have a little party so that potential volunteers could come see how we operate and what it is we do.

We are a 501c3 charity. This year our sale benefits the Human Race Theatre Co, the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, the House of Bread Community Kitchen and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

The Open House is at our Loft workshop– 2181 Embury Park Rd, in Dayton. Embury Park runs alongside the Great Miami River, just off of Keowee. If you’re driving north on Keowee– after you cross Stanley and cross the bridge, take your first left. We’re the fourth building on the left. Look for the big red sign. If you’re at the Metro Parks Ranger station, you’ve gone too far. (We’re right next door.)

If you’d like more information, feel free to give us a call. 937.999.4491.

We Priced a Ton of Children’s Books!

A big pile of empty boxes gives a great feeling of accomplishment.
A big pile of empty boxes gives a great feeling of accomplishment.

Well, okay, more like 800 pounds if you want to get technical! But we cleared off a whole skid, left a whole lot of empty boxes and now have many, many carefully priced and packed children’s books in their respective categories of Baby books, picture books, chapter books, and books for teens. There were even enough books in there to fill a box for homeschooling and parenting. We had 12 volunteers today and we’re very grateful for all of their handwork and to Wendy for her wonderful peanut butter pie!

A happy group makes quick work of three pizzas.
A happy group makes quick work of three pizzas.

If you meant to come out and the timing just wasn’t right, don’t despair, we had so much fun today we may well do it again in September sometime. Watch this space for updates.

Pausing for Lunch
Pausing for Lunch

Children’s Book Pricing Blitz!


Next Sunday, June 14th, we’re having a children’s book-pricing event at the Book Loft. Dayton-area friends if you’d like to come and help, that would be Awesome. There will be snacks and pizza and the like, and it’s actually a lot of fun to go through all these children’s books. You’re welcome to take a few home with you too. If you just want to come out and be social on a Sunday afternoon, we’d love to see you.  Call 937.999.4491  for more info.

Thank You So Much!

Round-UP-in red

Despite the fact that we didn’t get the word out about our Great Book Round-Up as early as we would have liked to, we are thrilled to report that it was one of our best round-ups ever. We are so very grateful for your support.

And if you missed the Round-Up, don’t worry! You can still bring us your books (or ask us to come get them) at our Book Loft, 2181 Embury Park Rd in Dayton.  Click here for the map.

And we will have a second round-up on August 22nd.

The Great Book Round Up May 23

It’s the Great Book Round Up Charlie Brown! Next Saturday, from 10 in the morning until 1 p.m., the Book Fair Foundation will have “Book Drops” at various sites around town. If you’ve got too many books, we’ll gladly take your extras! Books are sold at our sale at Montgomery County Fairgrounds November 13-15 to benefit four Dayton area non-profits– Humane Society of Greater Dayton, The Human Race Theatre Company, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm and the House of Bread Community Kitchen. Please, please share this with your Dayton area friends. Let’s get the word out to get the books in!

You can click on the poster to make it bigger.

round up poster edit