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Friends of West Linn Library holding Overstock Book Sale

Summer days are made for reading.

If your family needs some great summer reading material, head to the Friends of the West Linn Library’s Overstock Book Sale, going on from July 15-17 at the library, 1595 Burns St. Of course, you can borrow books from the West Linn Public Library every day for free, but if you want to find great bargains to add to your bookshelf, this is the place to get them.

The Overstock Book Sale offers thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and audio books in a variety of genres for sale. Prices are rock-bottom low: Get hardbacks for $1 each, paperbacks for 50 cents and children’s books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and audio books for 25 cents apiece.

The mission of the Friends of the West Linn Library is to support and assist the staff, library board and the City Council in promoting the community’s awareness of the library’s resources, services and needs. Proceeds from the sale are used to provide library programs, including the summer reading events and prizes, Music in the Stacks, author talks, Lego club, cultural passes, refreshments at events and much more.

Friends President Janet Dalgaard and Bonnie Faddis, the chairwoman of the Overstock Book Sale, explained that the Overstock Book Sales are held three times a year, but the Friends’ bookstore, the Book Cellar, is open throughout the year, offering books and other media for sale. The books sold have been donated by library patrons and include classics as well as current best sellers.

“We get phenomenal donations,” Dalgaard said. “We get lots of books that have been purchased at Costco, read once and then donated. We give the library first pick of the donations; sometimes they can just add the books to their shelves, but then we take them for our Book Cellar.”

Dalgaard and Faddis said they find great treasures among the donations and often pick up books to give as gifts.

“I’ve given books as hostess gifts and even made place cards out of books,” Dalgaard said. “Everybody loves getting a book, it’s unique and inexpensive, and helps the library.”

Faddis wears many hats for the Friends. In addition to chairing the Overstock Book Sale, she serves as co-chairwoman of the Book Cellar. She’s proud of the wide assortment of books you can find at the Book Cellar. Nearly five-dozen genres are represented on the shelves, including home improvement and cookbooks, business and leadership, music and art, classics, foreign language, biographies, mysteries, histories, teen, children’s books and much more. Each month, the Book Cellar has a special sale on a specific genre; in July, you can get 50 percent off math, science and biography books.

The women invite others to join the Friends group. Annual dues are $15 for individuals or $20 for families.

“Membership is basically a donation to the library to continue our work,” Dalgaard said. “You don’t have to do any committee work if you don’t want to.”

“The perk is you get to shop the Overstock Book Sale two hours before it opens to the public,” Faddis said. “You can really pick up some great bargains.”

Friends of the West Linn Library can shop from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, and the sale is open to the general public noon-5:30 p.m. Friday. The Overstock Book Sale continues noon-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sunday you can purchase an entire bag of books for $5.

It is estimated that the Friends volunteer an average of 150 hours each month on their work in the Book Cellar. That is a low estimate as it doesn’t capture the many hours they spend supporting other projects for the library.

“We really appreciate all the work the Friends do for us,” said Doug Erickson, director of the library.

The Book Cellar is open from noon-7 p.m. Tuesday and from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

The Friends accept books in good to excellent condition any time. They cannot accept books that are damaged by water or mold or are outdated. They also cannot accept magazines, encyclopedias or textbooks. For more information, call the Book Cellar at 503-742-8601.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..