Monday, June 10, 2013

take 'em out, put 'em back

The library had their book sale this weekend.  I like helping set up for the sale because I get first dibs on the books we put out.  There were so many books piled up in the storeroom that eventually we got tired and just quit putting them out on the tables though we had shelves and shelves of books still sitting there.  Today we did clean-up.  The book sale was one of their more successful ones, but in my opinion, it still wasn't that great.  In the last town we lived in in Wisconsin, we literally had people lined up at the door waiting for us to open them so they could get at the books and we always made a pretty good money haul, probably about 3 times as much as our library did this weekend.  I'm trying to offer suggestions to help improve sales, but don't want to step on any toes since I'm only the grunt work for the sale and not a real dedicated member of the Friends of the Library.  So, anyway, we had a ton of books we needed to deal with today.  In the past, they've just put them back on the shelves and took them out for next years sale (imo, one of the reasons their sales aren't successful) but this year they found a company who'll take a lot of the unsold books, they ship them to poor countries or something like that.  Whatever we didn't pack up for the donation company, we tossed out this year.  After last years sale, when we were reshelving the books, I had the idea to mark all the spines with black marker and we'd decided that whatever was still there after this sale we were going to just send out to the recycling.  It was decided to day that everything left over was going to get recycled instead.  We dealt with a whole lot of books today.  We still didn't get them completely cleaned out, but the Friends of the Library are going to make a concentrated effort to get rid of everything in the next month or two.  Next years book sale should be all fresh stuff - I suggested they make a point of advertising that point, maybe they'll get a better turn-out in the future.  We'll see.

It finally got kind of warm today.  It's about time.  It's been so chilly that the furnace is still kicking on at night.  Hard to believe its JUNE already.  Saturday night we were at a party at a friend's house and we were all sitting on the deck in winter coats or wrapped up in blankets.  It was pretty ridiculous - though at least it was too cold for mosquitoes to be out, which I guess is a *very* small bright spot.  I want sun and warmth - that's supposed to be my reward for surviving a miserable Wisconsin winter.  I WANT MY REWARD MOTHER NATURE!!!

Anybody want a kitten???

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