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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
We’re up and going again at the Book Loft and we could sure use some more volunteers to help sort books and records. If you have a particular affinity for rare or unusual books, we can also use some assistance with our online sales.
In general volunteers pick one day a week to stop by, but if you can only come a few hours a month, even that is very helpful.
Our open hours are Tuesday 10 to 3, Wednesday 3 pm to 7 pm, Thursday 10 to 3 and Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm.
Our volunteers range in age from 20 to 90, about equally divided between men and women. The ability to heft a box of books is useful, but if you can’t, we always have someone who can lift it for you. The main thread that we all have in common is our love of books.
Stop by and say hello, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, give us a call at 999-4491. We’d love to hear from you.
We can also arrange to meet you there or pick up large collections of books. Call 999-4491 and ask to speak to Ollen to make arrangements.
Soon we’ll have our Book Drop installed, so you can drop books anytime. This was a wonderful gift from our friend Chip at “Look at a Book”– and we are very grateful for it! We’ll post a photo when it has been placed. (We need to get a concrete pad down first.)
Between now and November, we’ll post an in-depth profile of each group.
After the sale, proceeds from the sale will be split four ways, with each group receiving equal donations. The more books people contribute, the more help we have with overhead, the more folks who come out to shop, the more we will have to share with these stellar organizations.
We are so very pleased to be putting our collective efforts forth to support the arts, education, environment, animal welfare and the fight to end hunger in our own community.
Are you surrounded by stacks of books? Need a place to bring them? Would you like the sale of your books to support several Dayton-based charities? We’ve got the spot for you. It’s the Book Fair Foundation, reselling books to benefit good works since 1970. You can find us at 2181 Embury Park Road. Beginning Tuesday, March 10, we’re open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 to 3, Wednesdays 3 to 7 and on Saturdays from 10 to 1. If you have a large number of books to donate (or just have questions, or maybe you want to volunteer) you can call us at 937.999.4491