Friends/Book Sales

Friends of Fredricksen Fall Book & Media Sale

September 21 through September 24, 2017

Ruggaber Community Room

Thursday, September 21 from 2:00 pm to 7 pm – Special Preview Sale! Open only to current members of the Friends, library volunteers, and staff members of Fredricksen Library. You may join the Friends at the door ($25 calendar year dues membership).

Friday, September 22 from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm – Public sale begins, including media, puzzles and games, parent and teacher materials, children’s, teens, and adult books (small-sized paperbacks, 50 cents; larger trade paperbacks, $1.00; hardbacks, $2.00).  A few unusual and collectible editions are sold at special prices.

Saturday, September 23 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Public sale and Children's Sale continues. Special ONE DAY LP Sale: Classical, Jazz, Broadway & Popular titles

Sunday, September 24 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – BAG SALE! Minimum charge for admission (including browsing) is $10.00 entitling you to two Friends-supplied bags (no personal bags, please) for $10.00. There is no limitation on the number of two-bags-for-$10.00 that may be purchased. 

Children's Books Extravaganza! in the Library Atrium.  Thursday-Sunday, September 21-24 (Sunday "two-bags-for-$10" Bag Sale with Friends-supplied—not personal--bags)  Open to the public during the same hours as the Community Room sale.  5,000 Children's Books. Toddlers and children's "thin" books 50 cents.  All other softcover and hardcover children's books, including books with chapters for older children and Teens, $1.00.  Separate payment in the Atrium all four days.




Download the Friends brochure 


The Friends of Fredricksen serves several functions:

  • Raise funds to help our library meet the costs of special programming & new equipment
  • Volunteer time at the library
  • Advocate for library funding with local legislators when bills come before county & state officials
Officers     Committees

Jim Cawley – President

“Chip” Abrams - Vice President

Barrett Sheridan – Secretary

Diane Myers - Treasurer 



Book Sales

Silent Auction




Download the Friends brochure


Book Sales

The profits from the semi-annual sales have been used for:

  • The self-check unit in the Pollock Children’s Library
  • Shelving units and other equipment requested by the Library staff
  • Programs in the Pollock Children’s Library
  • Teen events at Fredricksen
  • Meeting our building fund pledge

book saleWhen you leave your donations at the reference desk, the first step is a quick review by the staff to see if your item might meet a need in the circulating collection or be appropriate for the ongoing book sale. The majority of the books are then sorted by teams of volunteers from the Friends. Once the materials have been sorted, they are packed and stored until the week of the sale.

During the week of the sale, an army of volunteers is needed to erect tables, move books from storage on to the tables, arrange the books so that our shoppers can find the perfect item, and then staff the sale. Finally, when the sale is over, all remaining items are packed for distribution to others who can make use of them:

  • East Pennsboro Friends for their sale
  • Charitable organizations working with children and adults
  • Veterans
  • Overseas missions
  • Day care centers
  • Other libraries

The golden rule when considering a donation is “Would I give this to a Friend?”

The donations appreciated are:

  • Children’s or teen books
  • hard cover fiction or non-fiction
  • dictionaries or thesauruses
  • media in working condition, such as, DVD, music cd, books on cd, video games
  • mass market paperbacks (in “like new” condition copyright 1980 or newer)
  • trade (large) paperbacks
  • textbooks (copyright within 10 years)
  • travel books (copyright within 5 years)
  • large print books.

Please re-evaluate your donations if they:

  • are moldy, dirty or water-damaged
  • have damaged or missing pages
  • have excessive highlighting or markings

Materials that would be better donated to another charity of your choice:

  • academic journals
  • activity books
  • advanced readers copy
  • directories
  • telephone books
  • encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • LP records
  • VHS tapes
  • Cassettes
  • Harlequin romance paperbacks
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed books

Thank you for your help in making our book and media sales so successful. The Friends of Fredricksen Library is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donations may be deductible on your federal income taxes.


donationsDonation Station @ Fredricksen First Saturday of every month from 1 pm to 3 pm. The Friends of Fredricksen have established Donation Station on the first Saturday of every month from 1 pm to 3 pm to process the donation of books and media for our Spring and Fall Book sales. Volunteers will be able to assist unloading your donations. We hope to provide convenience to you, our donors, and streamline our process for donations. During Donation Station hours, please park on the Walnut Street side parking area at the lower level employee entrance door. Donations at all other times can be given at the reference desk.

Page Updated: 

December 1, 2016

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