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Bradford book sale success speaks volumes

The sale in Bradford West Gwillimbury sold a lot of books at $1 or $2 each to raise thousands of dollars for library programming and special events

The Friends of the BWG Public Library have done it again.

They held another fundraising book sale at the library on the weekend, raising funds for library programming and special events.

And despite wintry weather, the sale drew a steady crowd of book lovers, who hunted for bargains among the thousands of paperbacks, hardcover volumes, young adult fiction, children’s books, DVDs and CDs.

“Our results were the best ever,” said Milt Calder, chair of the Friends of the Library. “Our receipts for the three days were approximately $3,580,” including more than $1,000 raised on the Friday Preview Night in just two hours.

Families paid $10, individuals $5 to get first pick of the donated books and media. Admissions totalled $255, Calder said, and the early shoppers spent more than $800 on purchases. Not bad since most items were priced at $1 or $2 each.

“We had a wonderful turnout, and we were really busy,” said Calder. “It’s a satisfying sale, as we now sell audio books, CDs and DVDs, and they’re well received by our customers.”

The Friends of the Library has always held two book sales a year – one in the spring, and one in the fall. The February winter sale was something new.

The next book sale will take place May 24-26.

“We have started to collect books for the next sale already,” Calder noted. “Donations can be dropped off at the library anytime it is open.”


Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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