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.

Need a Pick Up?

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We  understand that boxes of books are heavy and difficult to move.  We also know that for some folks, even the job of packing the books can get to be just too much. That’s why we offer a pick-up service for those who need it.

Just call us during regular business hours at (937) 999-4491 (or after hours and leave a message) and we will schedule a time that is convenient for you to pick up your books. We can even bring boxes and pack them if you need help with that.

And it doesn’t have to be that many books. If you need help, just give us a call and we will come and help you. Usually we can arrange to pick up your books within a day or two of your call.

There is no charge for this service, and of course we provide you with a receipt, as any donation you make to the Dayton Book Fair is tax-deductible.

For those of you who’d prefer to bring your books in, we’re open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 to 3 and Wednesday 1 to 7 at 2181 Embury Park Road, in Dayton. And we’ve scheduled our Spring Round up for Saturday, May 20th.

But if you need a pick up, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

Yes, there’s still time to get a Wristband!

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Just think, you don’t have to drive over a day early to leave your box (or chair, or milk crate) in the line. You don’t have to camp out in the parking lot, in mid-November. You can just pre-order your wristband and we’ll send it to you. Pre-sale wristbands are $11 each.

The last day to order a wristband and have it sent through the mail is Friday, November 6th at 5 p.m. eastern standard time. Before the Friday deadline, you can order them online at this link “Wristbands” or by telephone at our office (937) 999-4491.

But even after that, you can still order a wristband and pick it up at will-call at the Fairgrounds Friday morning. The wristbands are sequentially numbered, and the line to get in will be in numerical order. If you are ordering wristbands for pick up at will call, we can only take orders online– as there will be no one at the office to answer the phone. (We’re all working on setting up the Book Fair.)

Of course, we’ll sell the wristbands on the line too. They are $10 day of sale, and with a wristband you can come and go as you please throughout the day. Everyone in your group needs a wristband for admittance, including teens over 16. Children younger than 16 are admitted free in the company of their parents or another responsible adult.

 

Auction List Now Posted

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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 . . .

Volunteer Open House Sunday, August 2

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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.

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Pausing for Lunch

Children’s Book Pricing Blitz!

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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.

We Could Use a Few Good Hands.

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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 bookfair@earthlink.net, give us a call at 999-4491. We’d love to hear from you.

We Open for the Season Tuesday March 10!

Author Agatha Christie at her desk.
Author Agatha Christie at her desk.

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