The Friends of the Library’s Used Book Sale: Journey of a Donated Book

Have you ever wondered what happens to the books that you donate to the library? Most donations follow a path that ends at our Friends of the Library‘s Used Book Sale.

The journey begins with Friends member and Treasurer, Terri Aquilina sorting through the donations. Terri sorts our donations weekly, removing damaged and outdated items. She then boxes up the donations and moves them into our book shed, found near the rear of the parking lot.

The shed was built in 2021 by students in the Chartiers Valley High School Materials and Construction Class specifically for storing the book donations. Throughout the year, we slowly, but surely accumulate boxes as donations are received each week. When it’s time for the spring or fall book sale, volunteers converge to unload the boxes from the shed. (A task that was made easier this year by a special sidewalk that was installed by Bridgeville Borough!)

The books are then unloaded onto tables and arranged, ready for shoppers to peruse them and take home a stack of new favorites. The Friends just finished hosting their Fall Book Sale on September 15th-17th. Thanks to your generosity, they were able to raise $1,566 in funds which will go directly to the library to support our collections and programming.

Interested in Donating?

The library accepts donations year-round. We accept materials in good to new condition. All items must be smoke-free, odor-free, and mold-free. We accept books, DVDs/Blu-Rays, audiobooks on CD, and puzzles and games with all their pieces. Items which are NOT accepted include: VHS, cassette tapes, reference materials (encyclopedias), magazines, and textbooks.

Remember, if you wouldn’t give it to your friends, please don’t give it to our Friends.