One year ago, our annual book sale volunteers began sorting, prepping, categorizing and packing a steady stream of books and items donated by our generous community. 

Last month, with the help of more volunteers and community partners, we loaded nearly 3,000 boxes of sale items for transport to The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library’s Annual Big Book Sale. And for the 61st time, we set up and kicked off what has become one of the largest quality-used-book sales in the country.

Over the next few days, shoppers from near and far flocked to the F&M Alumni Sports & Fitness Center’s doors to purchase bargain-priced treasures found among the 250,000-plus books, records, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and more.

Our annual book sale is a huge undertaking and truly an example of community spirit at its finest. Thanks to everyone’s support — our book donors, partners, volunteers and buyers — we raised $93,000 to help our library continue to serve more than 1,500 patrons a day. It’s a joy and a privilege to be part of such an incredible and worthwhile event.

Special thanks go to our extraordinary volunteers who work year-round to make the sale possible, and to our community partners for their invaluable support: Armstrong Relocation, for the tractor-trailers and the driver that hauled our books; the Manos House residents and staff, for help with setup; Mennonite Central Committee volunteers, for post-sale recycling; and the Lancaster County Prison Work Release folks, for loading boxes and helping with cleanup.

On behalf of the Friends, I extend a heartfelt thank-you to our entire community for making our 61st annual book sale a tremendous success!

Mary Armstrong


Friends of the Lancaster Public Library Annual Big Book Sale

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