Another One for the Record Books


Hard to believe it’s already been a week since we took this photo on the last hours of clean-up of our 46th annual Book Fair.  We are pleased to say that we made enough money that our three beneficiaries (FilmDayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, and the Learning Tree Farm) we’ll each  be presented with a substantial check to help continue their important work.

We could not have done this without a platoon of volunteers. Maybe a couple of platoons. We are forever indebted to those who step forward to help us, time and again, who work long hours, lift heavy boxes and are not only still standing at the end of a long day, but still smiling too. And not just at the sale, which is 8 days of steady labor, but also year round at our office and warehouse, the Book Loft.

31025773496_fa5a45aecf_oOur enduring gratitute~

Lynn Adams, Larry Banks, Wendy Banks, Pat Barcelona, Carlyle Barnard, Jack Barnard, Barbara Beach, Deb Bentley, Debbie Bertke, Karl Bissett, Alice Bush, Marv Campbell, Ted Campbell, Rebecca Cantrell, Shelly Charles, Darcie Clark, Charlene Cross, Dennis Cross, Brian Davies, Keelan Day, Fran Delegato, Dori Dick, Jeannette Dohner, David Engelsman, Diane Estridge, Allison Fickus, Maggie French, Garry Greene, Mindy Greene, Lisa Grigsby,  Lynn Haven, Pam Henson, Jo Hoak, Cassie Hoell, Dave Hurwitz, Pat Johnson, Abby Kallmeyer, Chrissy Kaninberg, Betsy Keyes, Barbara Kordenat, Norm Krebs, Jan Leary, Tracy Leonard, Elmer Lieu, Julian Lieu, Christian Matheny, Jack Matheny, Grace Miller, Karen Miller, Tom Miller, Jana Morse, Nancy Nerny, Donna Nickels, Maureen O’Meara, Ally Reckers, Brenda Rupert, Chris Rupert, Kate Schultz, Janice Shuler, Gary Sinck, Audrey Smith, Sandy Smith, Amanda Tomlin, Susan Tomlin, Larkin Vonalt, Bea Walther and Nancy Watson.

Our thanks also to our wonderful business partners, who always go above and beyond to help us provide Dayton with it’s oldest and largest used book sale.

Beavercreek Rental, Kevin Crisler from Cox Media, Beth Anspach from Dayton Daily News, Meredith Moss from Dayton Daily News, David Esrati from Next Wave, Brian Miracle at First Data, Fred Grundeman, Steven Roe from Huntington Bank; Kosins’ Tents and Events, Bill Landis, Patty and her guys at Lewis and Michael; The Living Dayton Crew at WDTN, Aaron Collett, Lori Page, Dale Spencer and the Guys in Blue from the Montgomery County Fairgounds; Jeannette Peters-Ware, Roscoe Peters, and Nina, Michael, Joe and the rest of the Security Team from Peak Security, Our Gang at Penske; Alyson Brate from the Perfect Wife Catering, Aimee Thomes Plesa, and Andi Smith.

And of course, an enormous thank you to the hundreds of people who bring their books into us, who call us to come get their books, to Miami Valley Boy Scout Troop 516, to the great folks at the West Milton Library, at the Tipp City Library, at the Dayton Metro Libraries, and all of the  many churches, synagogues and local businesses who graciously host barrels for donated books.

And finally– our customers, who delight us with their enthusiasm for books, who give space on their shelves to a few more volumes (or a few hundred more volumes) some of whom have been coming year after year after year — and some who just found us this year. WIthout you, there would be no success. Thank you, and please come again.



It’s been yet another wonderful sale. So many thousands of books found new homes, so many thousands of people found new books— and it’s all thanks to you.

Can You Give Us a Hand?

Check out our Volunteer Open House July 2

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We’re having a Volunteer Open House Saturday, July 2nd at 11 a.m. Come by and see how it all works. We’ve been inundated with so many wonderful donations.  If you love books and could consider committing to even one day a month to give us a hand, we could use the help!
There are a wide variety of things to do at our Book Loft:
  • Research, sorting, pricing, and packing books  (any one or combination of those)
  • Assistance with pick-ups: we have barrels around town, plus we offer a service to pick up book donations from people who aren’t able to bring them in.
  • Want to learn how to sell books on eBay? We’ll be happy to show you!

Many of the tasks here do not require a great physical effort, but a few more people with strong backs would be incredibly helpful.

We’re open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10  to 3 and Wednesdays from 1 to 7. The Book Loft is air-conditioned, and we have snacks for volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers who can help us regularly, anywhere from once a month to every day we’re open. If you can only commit to a single day, we will have opportunities for that during our August Round-Up (August 20) and of course during our fantastic Dayton Book Fair, November 7th through the 14th. Proceeds from this year’s Book Fair benefits FilmDayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS and Learning Tree Farm.

If you’re interested in volunteering, give us a call at 937.999. 4491 or stop in at our Volunteer Open House at our Book Loft on Saturday July 2nd at 11 a.m at 2181 Embury Park Road, in Dayton.

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 Could Use a Few Good Hands.


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