Dear Friends of the Dayton Book Fair, It has been a difficult week for difficult decisions. Out of an abundance of caution and because a significant percentage of our volunteer staff are in the at-risk-for-death age rage for Covid19, we are closing the doors of the book loft effective immediately through Saturday, April 18, when we will re-evaluate. During this time, we will also be suspending pickups from people’s homes and businesses. We understand that some people are of the opinion that the measures being taken at this time are a massive overreaction, I hope they’re right. But it is simply not worth the risk to endanger anyone’s health over second-hand books.
In the meantime, you have all those books you’ve been wanting to read, right?
The Dayton Book Fair announced on Wednesday that they have chosen this year’s three beneficiaries to receive proceeds from their 50th anniversary Book Sale in November 2020. Each beneficiary will receive a grant of around ten thousand dollars.
This year the three beneficiaries are the Dayton International Peace Museum, the Xenia Area Community Theater and WYSO’s Center for Community Voices project.
The Dayton International Peace Museum is the only brick and mortar Peace Museum in North or South America and the houses the only interactive exhibit on the Dayton Peace Accords in the world. They are the official repository for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and run a very successful Peace Camp for children ages 5-12. They maintain changing exhibits on the many challenges to peace and peacemaking including the effects of violence and war, gun culture, poverty, bullying, the environment, and international cooperation.
The Xenia Area Community Theater is an all-volunteer theater and gallery space established in 2005 to serve area interests in performing and fine arts and stimulate community involvement in those areas. They produce eight fully staged plays during their regular season (to date more than 100 productions) along with several summer shows and youth camps. Their plans for the grant from the Book Fair Foundation include a week-long Special Needs Children’s Initiative workshop and performance for children on the Autism Spectrum, and to improve theatre accessibility to a variety of groups whose ability to attend live theater is hampered by ticket cost.
WYSO, the public radio station long-associated with Antioch College has recently separated their university relationship to become an independent entity. While much of their budget pays for nationally syndicated public radio programming, the grant from the Dayton Book Fair will enable them to fund grassroots programming in the Center for Community Voices, for the documentary and story-telling segments produced by Dayton Youth Radio, Women’s Voices (produced by female inmates at a Dayton correctional facility) and County Lines, focusing on the rural populations in our community.
“It is challenging to choose just three,” said Dayton Book Fair Executive Director Larkin Vonalt. “It is a multi-day project for the Foundation’s board to winnow down from dozens of excellent organizations all doing important work to just three.”
Asked about criteria that the board might consider in choosing the finalists, Ms. Vonalt noted that they examine the size of the organization, the need for funding, and how the board feels that the year-long partnership will work.
“There are so many intangibles,” she added, “and at the very end when we’ve narrowed it to just a few, it often comes down to what kind of fit it will be for all of us.”
The Dayton Book Fair board handles grant-making a little differently than other foundations, requiring a year-long informal partnership with the beneficiaries. Organizations chosen are asked to promote the sale through a variety of means, they are encouraged to hold a book drive and required to volunteer at least 40 hours over the year.
Since 2015 the Foundation has made grants to 16 different organizations in the Dayton Community, giving away more than $130,000 over the last five years. The Dayton Book Fair is Ohio’s largest used book sale and each year rehomes about 40 tons of books, records, puzzles, and games.
“While the grant-making is an essential part of our existence, and we are delighted to be able to support so many exceptional Dayton-area non-profits, we have discovered that we have another remarkably important mission in providing a meaningful and purposeful venue where people can donate their beloved books,” Ms. Vonalt commented, noting that they collect books all year round at their office at 2181 Embury Park Rd as well as offering a free pick up service for those who need it and collaborating twice a year with all the Dayton area Grismer Tire Stores for book “round-ups” the last week of May and August.
Those donated books are then sorted, priced and packed for the sale held each year the second weekend in November at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, and the proceeds from that sale used in making grants to community non-profit organizations working in the areas of arts, education, social welfare, literacy and community development.
You are still welcome to bring books to our office at 2181 Embury Park Road, or if you need help with your donation, call us at 937.999.4491 to arrange for a pick-up. (The service is free.)
The next Dayton Book Fair Round Up is just days away. Our friends at Grismer Tire & Auto Service will again be collecting gently used books, vinyl records, movies, CDs, prints, puzzles, and games at all its locations in Dayton, Springfield, and Troy. Collection barrels will be available from Saturday, August 19, through Friday, August 25.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – 33 W. Dixon Ave., Oakwood
And last but not least, our friends at Ceasar’s Ford Theatre (one of our 2017 beneficiaries) will be collecting items at their information table at the Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20.
Don’t forget that your donations to the Dayton Book Fair could be eligible for a tax deduction. Receipts are available wherever you drop off your items.
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.
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.)
Did you miss the Round up today? Maybe you just didn’t have a chance to get your books together? Maybe you started gathering books and one caught your eye, and you sat down to look and got caught up in the story and . . . . we know how that happens!
Not to worry though! You can always bring your donations to our Book Loft at 2181 Embury Park Road in Dayton. (Alongside the Great Miami River, near Boonshoft– between Keowee and Ridge Streets.) We’re here Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
And if you just can’t manage to bring your books in yourself, we do offer a pick-up service, often within the week you call. So feel free to call and set up a time– 937.999.4491. We can even bring you boxes to pack them in.
We collect gently used books, records, DVDs. VHS, prints, posters, games and puzzles for our sale in November, the proceeds from which benefits FilmDayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, and the Learning Tree Farm. We are a 501c3 registered charity and your donations are tax deductible.
Our August Round Up is Coming! Have more books than you know what to do with? Old vinyl records taking up too much room? Never going to watch that DVD again? We’ll help all your great stuff find a good home at our November sale, so bring it to us during our August Round-up Saturday, August 20th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.We have 12 drop off locations around town, and of course, you can bring donations to our Book Loft at 2181 Embury Park Road.
Beavercreek Senior Center 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek
David’s Church 170 W. David Ave, Kettering
Davies Residence 3975 Forest Ridge Blvd, Riverside
First United Methodist Church, 60 E. North St. Springboro
Harmony Creek UC Church, 5280 Bigger Road
K12 Gallery 341 S. Jefferson St. Dayton
Learning Tree Farm 3376 S. Union, Dayton
Miami Valley Unitarian 8690 Yankee, Centerville
Montgomery County Fairgrounds 1043 S. Main St. Dayton
Polk Grove UC Church 9190 Frederick Pike, Englewood
St. Paul’s Episcopal 33 W. Dixon, Oakwood
Trinity UCC Church 821 N. Central, Fairborn
Your donations are tax deductible and we will be happy to provide you with a receipt for your records.
If you can’t make the Round Up, or it is difficult for you to bring your books to us, give us a call and we can schedule a pick up for you. Our office number is (937) 999-4491
Our sale is Thursday November 10 through Monday, November 14 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, and this year proceeds from the sale benefit FilmDayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS and the Learning Tree Farm.