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Find treasures at library book sale


Friends of the Ledding Library depends on repeat customers coming to the annual book sale, which this year is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 20, 21 and 22 in the Portland Waldorf School gym in Milwaukie.

by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Peg Tarbox, left, sorts books with Nikki Hoff, as they prepare for the upcoming Friends of Ledding Library Book Sale. They are still accepting book donations for the event.But organizers wanted to add something new, so for the first time in many years, the Friends of the Ledding Library Book Sale will feature a book appraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

Julie Wallace, owner of Portland’s Wallace Books, will “look at all the points of a book and look it up on a website” to determine its value, said Peg Tarbox, the membership chairman of the Friends group.

“Everyone has a shelf of old books. People should bring the books in if they think they are worth something. Sometimes people have amazing things, and they don’t know it,” Tarbox said.

She and Nikki Hoff, president of the Friends of the Ledding Library, said there are a few things to know before bringing in a box of books to show Wallace.

“Don’t bring in old family bibles. That is the most published book in the world. Don’t bring in books by popular fiction authors or books that should have a book jacket, but don’t,” Tarbox advised.

“If a book is falling apart or the pages are falling out, don’t bring that in,” Hoff said.

A real deal

As for what is going to be available at the sale, Hoff and Tarbox listed books of all kinds, magazines, books on tape, records, CDs, DVDS and videos. A raffle will be held at 2 p.m. on June 22. Prizes include a flat-screen TV, baskets of books, artwork, wine and more, all donated by local merchants.

The Friends are still accepting donations to sell at the event. People can bring boxes of books to the back door of the library and ring the bell during library hours. Hoff said there are other options as well; she urges people with a large load of books or with mobility issues to call her at 503-704-5758, and she will arrange to pick up the books.

At the sale, book prices couldn’t be more reasonable, Hoff said, adding that the first day all the hardback books will cost $2, with trade paperbacks at $1 and mass-market paperbacks at 50 cents.

“The second day, everything is half off and the third day whatever you can cram into a paper shopping bag goes for $5. We even provide the bags,” she said.

Early birds to the sale get the real bargains.

“If you are a member of the Friends of Ledding Library, you can get in at 8 a.m. on June 20 for free, and you can become a member at the door for $10,” Tarbox said.

The profits from the book sale go directly to the Ledding Library.

“Every department gives us a wish list, telling us what they need. We listen to what they want, and we say OK — that is why we make this money,” Hoff said.

In the past, profits from both the plant sale and book sale have been used to buy “Lucky Day” books and granite tabletops and also provide the money for the indoor and outdoor music concerts, to name a few things, Hoff said.

One other thing the two women are happy about is a “win-win” relationship with Better World Books.

“We used to have to recycle leftover books or give them to local charities, but now we give them to Better World Books and they sell whatever they can and give us 20 percent. Then books that are left over are sent all over the world, and this is at no cost to us. They even provide boxes and pick them up,” Hoff said.

Putting Pond House on radar

Now to something Tarbox and Hoff are not happy about — not enough people know about the Pond House Used Book Store, just behind the Ledding Library at 2215 S.E. Harrison St.

The Pond House is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and shelves are loaded with books of all kinds and special-interest magazines. Profits from the bookstore also go directly to the Ledding Library.

“We have children’s books and hard-cover picture books; we have local-interest books, and Dark Horse even gives us comic books, but we need to get people in here,” Tarbox said.

The day of the book sale, the Pond House will open at 9 a.m. Hoff also noted that Friends of Ledding Library has a booth at the Milwaukie Farmers Market from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, from May through October. The market is located at Southeast Main and Harrison streets.

Grab a book

What: Friends of the Ledding Library Book Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 20, 21 and 22. Early admission for Friends members will be at 8 a.m. June 21. Memberships available at the door.

Where: Portland Waldorf School Gym, 2300 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie

Details: Julie Wallace, owner of Wallace Books, will be on hand to appraise books from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. A raffle will be held at 2 p.m. June 22.

Donations: Book donations are still being accepted. Call Friends President Nikki Hoff at 503-704-5758, or drop off books at the Ledding Library during business hours. The library is located at 10660 S.E. 21st Ave.

The Pond House Used Book Store is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Fridays and Saturdays at 2215 S.E. Harrison St.