It’s Round Up Time!

We are thrilled to announce that through the generosity and cooperation of Grismer Tires we are extending Round Up at every Grismer location in the Miami Valley, Springfield and Troy from Monday, May 15th through Monday, May 22nd. Just bring your books inside to the barrel in the waiting room– don’t forget to get your receipt and new bookmark from the Grismer staff while you’re there.

And of course, on Saturday, May 20th, we’ll be at all our regular locations as well, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at our Book Loft Location, 2181 Embury Park Road, Dayton at least ’till 3 pm and probably longer.

  • David’s Church 170 W. David Rd, Kettering
  • Davies Residence 3975 Forest Ridge Blvd, Riverside
  • Fickus Residence, 201 King St.Yellow Springs
  • First United Methodist Church, 60 E. North St. Springboro
  • Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church St., Xenia
  • Harmony Creek Church 5280 Bigger Rd. Kettering
  • K12 Gallery 341 S. Jefferson St. Dayton
  • Miami Valley Unitarian Church, 8690 Yankee Rd. Centerville
  • Polk Grove Church, 9190 Frederick Pike, Englewood
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon, Oakwood
  • Trinity Church 821 N. Central, Fairborn.

Please note that we will not be collecting at Montgomery County Fairgrounds this spring, even though it said so in the ad– but we WILL be at Fairgrounds for our annual sale, this year Friday November 10 through Monday, November 13, 2017.

The Book Fair Foundation is a 501c3 registered charity, and your donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds from this year’s sale benefit Artemis Center, Caesar’s Ford Theatre Company and Dayton Public Radio.

We welcome donations of books, vinyl records, VHS, DVD, CDs, puzzles, board games, prints and maps.

If you have questions, just give us a call– 937.999.4491.

(And if you can’t manage to bring your donations to us, give us a call to ask about our free pick-up service.)


Spring Has Sprung at the Book Loft



Spring has sprung at the Book Loft! We are once again open for extended hours through the summer and early fall.

You can find us here Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Book Loft is located at 2181 Embury Park Rd. in Dayton. (Embury Park runs between Keowee and Ridge Streets along the Miami River– we’re next door to the MetroParks Police Station.)

We welcome donations of books, records, puzzles, games, movies, magazines, sheet music, posters and prints. (Yes, we’ll take your encyclopedias too..) We have people here who can help unload your car. Or if you simply can’t manage to bring your books to us, we can come and pick them up from you. We even have boxes for you to use.

We’ve chosen three wonderful local organizations as beneficiaries of our sale. They are the K12 Gallery / TEJAS, the Learning Tree Farm and FilmDayton. You can click on their names to learn more about each one of them. We are very excited to be supporting arts and education in the Dayton community this year.

As always, we welcome new volunteers. If you love books, and would like to help us sort and price for the sale, we’d love to meet you. Stop by during any of our open hours, or send us a note via this site or email if you’d like more information. For book lovers, everyday at the loft is a little like Christmas, you just never know what’s going to be in those boxes. Our volunteers range in age from 20 to 93, and come from all walks of life– what we have in common is our love of books.

You may have heard news about the Fairgrounds— but as it turns out, we have been invited to hold our sale during our regular weekend, Thursday November 10th through Monday, November 14th in the Coliseum Building at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

The Book Roundups this year will be Saturday, May 21st from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. and Saturday, August 20th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will post a reminder and locations closer to the dates.

Any questions please feel free to call us at the Loft (937) 999-4491.



We’d appreciate your consideration.


This is #Giving Tuesday, the day after you’ve spent all your money on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (what was Sunday?) and Cyber Monday– if you have any left, you’re encouraged to give it away.

We’d love to be considered for your end-of-the-year charitable donations. We are a 501c3 registered charity and your donations are 100% tax deductible.

This also seems to be the perfect time to talk about what we do at the Book Fair Foundation– and it’s not all about selling books.

When we talked about this at a board meeting last week, I drew a pie chart. (My 10th grade math teacher, Swabey Jelley, would have been so proud.)

Impromptu pie chart from the board meeting
Impromptu pie chart from the board meeting

About 1/8th of our mission is providing money to other Dayton area non-profits. (This might be larger if we had less overhead, which is one of the reasons we’re asking you to consider helping us on #GivingTuesday). Another eighth of what we do is that we provide around 40 people, many of them quite venerable, with an important and meaningful hobby. (Have to keep those senior citizens off the streets!) We provide books to the public through our booksale (which also meant giving away several tons of books on Monday)– that accounts for roughly 25%.

In addition, we provide books for free throughout the year– to schools, literacy programs, clinics, community kitchens, other non-profits and the like. This past year we gave away around 400 cases, or about seven tons of books. At the end of the sale we gave away 20 more tons of books, some of which went to a literacy program and the rest went a recycling program run by developmentally challenged students at Meadowdale High School. Between donations (17%) and recycling (8%), that accounts for another chunk of pie.

The last piece is that we are a book repository. As grateful as we are to receive book donations from the public, the public is so glad to have someone to take the books. We create a great deal of joy when we say “Yes, we’ll come pick up the books” and “Yes, your donation is tax deductible” and “Yes, we’ll take your encyclopedias.”  When people need help, we will not only pick up the books, but we will bring boxes and help pack them. It’s a community service.

The Book Fair Foundation is run entirely by volunteers. No one draws any sort of renumeration. We have year-round expenses like rent and utilities. The more of our overhead that we can cover through other means, like donations and online sales, the more money we can give away in November.

We hope you’ll find us worthy.

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