Future of Used Book Sales at Southeast Library in Jeopardy
By Larry Janezich
Posted July 20, 2021
Unless more storage space for donated books is provided by the team designing the $23 million renovation of the Southeast Library, the Library’s popular monthly used book sales may have to end, according to the Friends of Southeast Library (FOSEL). The group organizes the sales and says that current plans provide only 125 square feet for storage – some 75% less than space provided for Friends’ organizations in other libraries.
In an email to regular book sale patrons FOSEL appealed to members of the community to join DC Library’s virtual community meeting on the Library renovation at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 21, to express support for more space for FOSEL.
The purpose of the community meeting is to show the latest designs to the community, hear updates on project schedule and regulatory review, and provide an opportunity for feedback.
To join the meeting, go here:
https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb785d47d8c8ee5eab11ebbeb2f78f329 – If prompted, type the password “dclibrary”.
According to FOSEL President Neal Gregory, “The monthly sale of used books is the most popular event at Southeast Library, drawing hundreds of residents on the second Saturday of each month. Most of the books are priced at a dollar, with proceeds going to promote reading and to support children’s library programs.
Sales were suspended during the pandemic. Since the monthly sales began a decade ago, thousands of books have been donated and sold, raising almost a quarter million dollars.”
The current library is closing at the end of 2022 when the renovation will begin. The renovated library will reopen in the spring of 2024.