Starting Friday at 9 a.m., area residents will be able to start picking through more than 90,000 uses books, DVDs and CDs offered for sale during the Loudoun Library Foundation’s annual Giant Used Book Sale.
It is the 30th year for this bargain hunter’s delight.
This week, volunteers have loaded the material into the gymnasiums and classrooms at Smarts Mill Middle School in Leesburg.
Most items are priced between 50 cents and $2, with a special section of individually priced items—including autographed books and rare classics.
Last year, the sale attracted more than 8,000 attendees and raised over $97,000 for the public libraries of Loudoun County. Since 1984, the the foundation has raised over $1.1 million.
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 21; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23. On Sunday, patrons can fill a bag at a special prices.
This year, customers may pay with cash, check or credit card (minimum purchase required).
Over three decades, the massive sale has become a staple of Loudoun’s community events calendar, with friends and families coming back year after year to volunteer and shop.
“It takes a lot of people to pull this together,” said Foundation Vice President Jean Zenowich, who leads the sorting effort. “We have a dedicated set of volunteers that have been working since the fall to stay on top of all the donations. We couldn’t do this without them.”
“There are people I have been seeing for years volunteering or coming to find a treasure or two during the sale. It is really a community event,” President Drew Zenowich said.
The sale is dedicated to two long-term volunteers who died this year: Barbara Falkenstine and Mary Fishback.
The Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1984 as an independent all-volunteer nonprofit, dedicated to supporting public libraries in Loudoun County. All proceeds and donations go back to the libraries through grants, many of which focus on new or unique ways to engage portions of the community with the public libraries in the county.