The 2016 Loudoun Library Foundation book sale at Smart’s Mill Middle School was a big success, according to foundation representative Jean Zenowich.
The June 24-26 three-day sale garnered $45,700, which will be used to support Loudoun Public Library programs.
“We had our highest Friday receipts ever, and we sold so many bags at Sunday’s bag sale we needed to run out to secure more,” Zenowich said.
About 4,000 people attended the weekend sale, including a number who came back for more. Many of those who came looking for bargains praised organizers for the scope and efficiency of the sale, which included more than 100,000 books, DVDs, CDs and videos, especially given that the sale was almost cancelled because the foundation had trouble finding space for storage and sorting.
That late start played a role in the final revenues, which were about $3,000 below last year. “But we’re very pleased, especially if you look at the fact that we really truly almost didn’t have a sale this year,” Zenowich said.
On the plus side, about 800 more book lovers turned out for the sale. Longtime sale volunteer Mary Fishback, the librarian at Thomas Balch Library, marveled at the reach of the event. “We had people from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Charleston, SC, just to name a few people who mentioned where they were from.”