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About The Friends

Our Mission

The Book Sale is the fundraising arm of the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library. We raise money for the Friends through our May and October sales every year, to fund the Friends programs and grants.

 

The Friends' mission is to promote reading by

 

  • Placing more books in more hands

  • Awarding grants to libraries and community organizations

  • Advocating for library funding, and

  • Encouraging volunteerism

 

Come shop with us, volunteer with us, donate your used books to us; be part of our mission!

Where Does The Money Go?

After meeting Book Sale expenses (maintenance on the warehouse building, utilities, and other expenses, almost all our labor is provided by volunteers), we give grants to the Tompkins County Public Library and to the the Finger Lakes Library System.

We also award grants to not-for-profit organizations in Tompkins County for reading-related materials, give educational grants to residents of Tompkins County pursuing library degrees, and contribute to continuing education programs for county and school library personnel.

 

Here are just a few of our many grant recipients:

  • Advocacy Center of Tompkins County

  • Challenge Industries, Life Options Program

  • Rural Youth Services

  • Family & Children’s Services

  • Hospicare and Palliative Care Services

  • Ithaca Housing Authority, Titus Towers

  • Ithaca Public Education Initiative, Kids Discover the Trail!

  • Southworth Library

  • Tompkins Learning Partners (formerly Literacy Volunteers)

  • Unity House of Cayuga County, Ithaca Day Hab Center

  • Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success

Check out some of the organizations that have received grants from the Friends

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Tour Our

Book Sale Home

The Book Sale's home is a giant blue warehouse at 509 Esty Street in Ithaca.  We purchased the building in 1991 through the foresight and efforts of then-Board President and long-time Book Sale champion, Regina Lennox.  We named the building the Regina C. Lennox Book Sale Building in honor of her in 2017.

 
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2019 Quilt-Readin_ _N Places

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2017

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2017 Winner

2017 Winner

2016 Winners

2016 Winners

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2015 Winners

2015 Winners

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2014 Winner

2014 Winner

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2014 Quilt -Books Give Us Wings

2014 Quilt -Books Give Us Wings

2013 Winner

2013 Winner

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2013 quilt

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2018 Quilt (1)

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What Happens To The Books That Don't Sell?

After each sale, volunteers take the unsold books and put them into enormous boxes which are then delivered to Thrift Books. Thrift Books donates some books to charities dedicated to fighting illiteracy and others are sold via the Thrift Books online store. A percentage of the proceeds from these sales comes back to the Friends, where the money helps support libraries and charitable organizations in Tompkins County.

 

Donated books that are selected for the Collector’s Corner are held for two sales, after which appraisers in Collector’s Corner re-evaluate them. Some are moved to the general sale floor. Others - 

textbooks and non-vintage books - are sent directly to Thrift Books 

or offered for sale on Amazon.com.

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Meet The Coordinators

Kathy is the Book Sale Coordinator and also sorts the Business section. She is a part time lawyer, working in her dream job at the Book Sale.

 

"So many books, so little time!"

Kathy Weinberg

Pat is a Book Sale Assistant Coordinator and also sorts Gardening. She is in charge of keeping all of us supplied, refreshed, and happy.

 

Pat Madigan

Sarah is a Book Sale Assistant Coordinator and also sorts Literature Sets. She is in charge of knowing everything worth knowing about how to get things done at the Sale.

 

Sarah Hatcher

Anne is an Assistant to the Book Sale Coordinator, sorts Foreign Language, and works in Collector's Corner. She is in charge of getting everything organized.

Anne Neirynck