We Give Away Books Too

We’re known for collecting books for our big sale, but we also give books away.  We have a fair amount of foot traffic past our office– usually people walking to the bus stop– so we’ve started giving away books under our big umbrella.

A few weeks ago we had a call from the Ohio Reading Corps, a branch of Americorps, wondering if we could give them some books for their reading program. We could. Here are some of our volunteers with an Ohio Reading Corps tutor, just before we figured out how to put a pallet’s worth of books into his Honda Accord.

We give books to Dave Hurwitz as well– we hope you’ve seen his wonderful truck full of free books at festivals and in the Oregon District.

We’ve given books to camps, preschools, clinics, community kitchens, shelters, and jails. If you have a group who could use some books, let us know.

You can reach us at 937.999.4491 or send us a message through this site.

And don’t forget that on the last day of our sale, Monday from eight a.m. to noon, you can pay one dollar to get in and take away all the books you want.

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.


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.

dsc_1115 dsc_1126 dsc_1125 dsc_1124 dsc_1122 dsc_1133 dsc_1132 dsc_1127 dsc_1143 dsc_1147 dsc_1145 dsc_1144 dsc_1150 dsc_1149 dsc_1148 dsc_1163 dsc_1161 dsc_1156 dsc_1155 dsc_1167 dsc_1165 dsc_1164

Wristband Update

Time is just flying by!  Only a few short days before we open the doors for our biggest sale in a long, long time. Wristband numbers are still under 100 (ie. you’d be among the first 100 folks in the door) and will be available to order for “Will Call” pickup until Thursday, November 12 at 9 pm. Eastern standard time. Since we are mostly away from the office now, they are only available through the Wristband tab here on our web site at this time.

The number one wristband — first in the line! — for our 2016 sale will be offered in our silent auction, with an opening bid of $11. It is in “pre-sale before publication” as-new condition.

Look for us at noon on Wednesday at noon on WDTN’s Living Dayton, where we’ll be talking about Ohio’s biggest book sale and showing them a few very special books.

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!



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.