Friends of the Truckee Library’s used book sale coming back |

Friends of the Truckee Library’s used book sale coming back

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Once upon a time in a little mountain town, book readers and lovers had a library that was more than large enough to house books, magazines, atlases, historical documents, events, programs, and more. The Friends of the Library — a small group of residents who paid for materials, events, and programs for their beloved library that the county could not — put on an annual sale of used books to raise money for their good library works.

Over the years, the sale became a much-anticipated event, with many citizens volunteering to help. On the day of the sale – typically a clear, sunny August day — people arrived in waves to glean literary treasures from the many boxes of donated books in all genres: science fiction, mystery, travel guides, children’s books, nature guides, history, gardening, cooking, art, novels, and much more. Book dealers arrived early to stake their place at the head of the line, hoping to discover a rare and valuable first edition.

As the years went by and the town grew, however, the library seemed to shrink, until finally there was not enough room to store the used books that generous library users wanted to donate. The library could only accept a handful of donations at a time, and the highly anticipated annual book sale event became a memory.

But the Friends never gave up hope of one day reviving the book sale tradition. They continued to sell a few dozen books at Truckee Thursdays downtown during the summer months. And a few dedicated members, who doggedly pursued the search for storage, finally found a serviceable space.

Saturday, July 6, will see the fruits of their labors. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Friends of the Truckee Library will hold a used book sale at the Truckee Air Fair at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Once again, there will be books for sale in all genres. Once again, there will be hidden treasures, and perhaps, a rare valuable book.

Take your friends and neighbors and celebrate the revival of this great tradition. For more information call the Library at 530-582-7846.

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