2014 Book Sales
February 8-9: February Book Sale
June 19: Jubilee Day Book Sale
October 25-26: October Book Sale
2015 Book Sales
February 7-8: February Book Sale
June 18: Jubilee Day Book Sale
October 24-25: October Book Sale
Book Sales are held at Books by the Gross, 400 Cheryl Avenue, Mechanicsburg, located in the rear of the John Gross Administrative Building. As you face the main entrance, Books By the Gross is located on the left, in the back of the building. Parking is available at the back of the building.
"Members Only" preview from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on the night before the sale. Invitations to Preview Night are mailed one month prior to the sale to current Friends' members. Memberships may be purchased at the door at Preview Night. Purchase limit of 25 items per membership at Preview Night.
Bag Sale - All the books you can fit in a level bag for only $10.00! Some restrictions apply. Paper bags supplied by the Friends of the Library.
Mini-Book Sale at the Library EVERY DAY!
Did you know? Books are available for purchase at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library at 16 North Walnut Street every hour that the library is open! On the Upper Level you can purchase books for adults and teens. On the Lower Level, we have a collection of children's books available for purchase. Be sure to check out the mini-booksale frequently as the shelves are restocked on a weekly basis.
Book Sale and Donation Drop Off Location - Books by the Gross
All book donations should be delivered to Book Donation Drop Off Center, just two blocks from the library, located at 400 Cheryl Avenue, Mechanicsburg, near The Grossery, in the John Gross Administrative Building. Look for the signs! Please DO NOT drop them off at the Library.
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Book Donation Guidelines
The quality of the books available for purchase at our book sales is only as good as the quality of the donations that we receive throughout the year. If you have books you would like to donate, please follow these guidelines:
- We welcome your donation of books, music CDs, Books on CD, DVDs, and Jigsaw Puzzles that are in good condition. Hardcover and paperback books are needed, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as books for children and teens.
- We now accept textbooks copyright 2007 or newer that have no missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins and very minimal wear and tear.
- We are unable to use the following: Record Albums, Spoken Cassettes, Music Cassettes, VHS Tapes, Textbooks (copyright prior to 2007), Encyclopedias, Magazines & Reader's Digest Condensed Books or wet, damaged, musty, mildewed, or moldy books as they may contaminate other books. Also books that are torn or "marked up" with pen, pencil or highlighters are not suitable for re-sale.
Donations in the following subject areas are especially needed - Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Art, Gardening, Military, Science Fiction, Civil War, Cookbooks, History, Literature (including poetry, drama, classics) and Children's books. DVDs, music CDs, audio CDs, and jigsaw puzzles are also needed.