Regular Royal Oak Library book sale returns after two years – Daily Tribune
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the Friends of Royal Oak Public Library regular book sales to raise funds.
But the first regular book sale in about two years returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday inside the library at 222 E. 11 Mile Road.
Mitzi Hoffmann, President of the Friends of ROPLsaid she and other volunteers are happy to be back in business.
“Book sales were our main fundraiser until the pandemic,” Hoffman said. “The community has really supported the library over the years.”
Used paperbacks and hardbacks will be on sale in the reception hall and in the Auditorium des Amis du ROPL.
Hoffman estimates there will be around 1,000 books for sale, along with CDs and DVDs.
Adult books cost 50 cents to $1 and children’s books sell for 25 cents. Buyers can pick up a CD for $1 or a DVD for $2.
Regular book sales generate hundreds of dollars that support library programs.
“All profits from everything the Friends group does goes to the library,” said library director Sandy Irwin. “It helps fund library programs, including our summer reading program for young people so kids can keep reading when they’re not in school.”
As the pandemic recedes, Irwin and others have noticed that many children have lost some literacy skills due to interruptions in their regular reading and learning habits.
“Our Youth Services can help children find books at any level,” Irwin said.
Friends of ROPL have also helped fund a vinyl record collection for customers to check out records, which are increasingly popular. Nationwide vinyl record sales have exceeded CD music sales during the pandemic.
The Friends group was finally able to open the small bookstore they have inside the library several months ago as pandemic restrictions were lifted.
Open three days a week, the shop helps provide the library with a modest but steady flow of funds from its sales.
Most of the books that are sold at regular book sale events are donated by the public, Irwin said.
“One of the benefits of selling books is that it’s a great way to fill the shelves of your home library,” she said, “and the little free libraries around.”