The 2021 Friends annual book sale will return this summer with COVID19 precautions in place. Saturday, July 31 to Tuesday, August 3 during regular library hours. The sale will take place outside in the library’s Reading Garden and inside the library meeting rooms. There will be a one-way flow of traffic to help with social distancing. Masks or face coverings are required at the library and in the Reading Garden for those unvaccinated in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Friday, July 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm is the popular Preview Night, a Friends members-only event which gives you first access to the books that have been piling up over the past two years, and there are some real gems in the collection! If you’re unsure of your membership status, please contact the library and we’ll be sure to get you that information. Additionally, you can sign up or renew memberships during the event. Saturday, July 31, the library will be adding a Summer Block Party to the mix with outdoor games, food, and drinks from 2-5 PM. Sunday, August 1. 11:00 pm to 5:00 pm (The library is closed). Monday’s sale will feature a 2-for-1 special, and Tuesday’s sale will be $5 for a whole box or bag of books! Prices will be hardcovers for $3, trade paperbacks for $2, and paperbacks for $1, DVDs for $2, and CDs for $1. Special items, puzzles, and children’s books will be priced as marked. Tuesday, August 3, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ($5/box).
Laura O’Grady, Library Director, says, “We’re very excited to welcome the annual book sale back this summer. It’s always such a vibrant event that brings the whole community together. While this year will be a little different, we know our patrons are eager for this signature event to return.”
Anyone interested in supporting the work of the Friends of the Hershey Public Library can make a donation or join the Friends on a variety of membership levels. Renew your Friends membership or join Friends.
The library depends on your donations of gently used books, dvds, video games, magazines and puzzles as a substantial portion of our annual fundraising efforts, which in 2019, the Friends Annual Book Sale helped to raise over $45, 500. The pop-up book sale in 2020 raised $3,893.67.
Sorry, we cannot accept the following: Donations end June 30, 2021.
Condensed books of all kinds
Book sets, such as encyclopedias
Items in poor condition (water damage, covers or pages missing or defaced, text highlighted, wrinkled)
Texts older than 10 years
Hardcovers of lesser known authors that are older than 5 years
Eight track audiotapes
Books or music on audio cassette, and VHS tapes
Computer books and manuals