Labor Day used book sales are back with a few tweaks

Friends of the Park City Libraries will host their annual Labor Day used book sale from September 4th to 5th at the Park City Library at 1255 Park Ave. Funds raised from this sale will supplement the library’s budget and help pay for items, maintenance and librarian training.
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Friends of the Park City Library’s annual Labor Day Used Book Sale is a time to celebrate literature and share the love of books with the community.

Friends of the Park City Library said the sale, which will take place this September 4-5, is also a good time to raise money to supplement the library’s annual budget. Board Member Signe Jordet.

“For a small to medium town, we have an extraordinary library,” Jordet said. “One of the things we’re able to fund is toys that people can check out — sledding equipment in the winter, or tools that people can check out to do some work at home.”

In addition to helping fund other items like dog toys and binoculars, book sales help the library maintain its YouCreate Lab, green screen room, teen area makeover and sponsor the “Music on the Patio” singer-songwriter series, the board said. Member Cathy Lanigan.

It’s also great to have people visiting in the morning, then they come later that day and the next day…” Cathy Lanigan, Board Member, Friends of the Park City Library

“We also sponsor a lot of youth programming and pay stipends for our summer interns,” she said. “We had two students from Park City High School interning in the library.”

Labor Day book sales funds are also used to further educate Park City Library staff, Jordet said.

“Friends have been able to make meaningful additions sending our librarians to seminars, classes and conferences,” she said.

In the past, Friends of the Park City Libraries held a three-day used book sale, but this year the organization has scaled it back to Sundays and Mondays, Lanigan said.

“We have very little pantry, so we decided to have three sales throughout the year instead of one big sale,” she said.

According to Lanigan, the first will take place on the weekend of July 4, and the other will take place a few months later.

“We did have such a huge success with our July 4th pop-up sale that we decided to continue doing this as a way for the community to casually interact with friends in the library,” she said.

According to Jordet, sales were largely the same, although the volume was down by a day.

Friends of the Park City Library will get their first two-hour offer starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, before opening to the public between noon and 4 p.m., she said.

Community members who would like to become a member of the Friends of the Park City Library can email Jean Daly at Or visit

Lanigan said Monday’s public opening hours will begin at 10 a.m. and Book Bag happy hour will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“At that time people could buy a bag for $15 and put as many books in it as possible,” she said.

In addition to happy hour bags, hardcovers typically cost $2, while paperbacks and children’s books cost $1, Lanigan said.

“We’ll have a lot of recipes,” she said. “We also have a lot of books for children and teens, and we dedicate room 101 to adult fiction books.”
Longtime book sellers will notice the lack of audiovisuals this year, Jordet said.

“There are very few CDs and DVDs in the children’s category and none in the adult category,” she said.

Lanigan’s favorite part of the sale is the opportunity to interact with library patrons and other community members, usually taking four hours to move books from the storage room to the library’s third-floor setting.

“When someone is looking at a book I just read, I absolutely love it,” she said. “It’s also great that people come in in the morning and then they come later in the day and the next day. It happens all the time.”

Jordet loves seeing the excitement on the children’s faces.

“I love that kids bring their books to the table to check out, and they just open the book on the table because they can’t wait to read,” she said.

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