Don’t let the weather fool you – we still have more weeks of summer on the horizon. So while you are stuck inside getting over the heat, maybe you have a few bookshelves you need to clean off in your house? Need a place to take your books – well, the Scottsboro Public Library graciously accepts gently used books for both our collection and in anticipation of the annual Friends of the Library book sale.

The book sale will take place Sunday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. – 4 p. m during the annual Art in the Park event at King Caldwell Park. However, before the book sale can take place, donations of books are needed.

Not sure what to donate? Here is a “do and don’t” list of things to provide in terms of book donations:

  1. Do bring us hardback books and paperback books that have been published in the last four years.
  2. Do bring us books by best-selling authors – like James Patterson, Robert B. Parker, and William Johnstone to name a few.
  3. Do bring us a variety of books – westerns, romance, and science fiction. There is a reader our there for everything.
  4. Do bring us gently used children’s books and young adult books. However, don’t bring us children’s books that are ripped, written in or water damaged.
  5. Do not bring books that are molded, dirty, or mildewed. If those are turned into to us we will return them right back to their owner. No one wants to buy books in that condition so please keep that in mind when you are going through your donations.
  6. Do not leave books afterhours at the library. Please call us at 256-574-4335 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to discuss dropping off books. We can’t drive to a patron’s home to pick them up but we can let you use a book cart so they can be brought in from the parking lot to the library.
  7. Do not donate encyclopedias, VHS tapes or magazines.
  8. Do pick up a tax write off so you can claim your donation on your taxes.
  9. Then finally – do come visit us on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the annual book sale. Buy a book. Check out Art in the Park. Support your community in lots of fun ways that day.

The annual book sale tradition provides the library with lots of books that can be added to our collection and helps fund the Friends of the Library’s efforts in providing programs and more to our community.

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