FOSCL Summer Book Sale set for Aug. 14-16

As FOSCL wraps up another Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, not a step is being missed in gearing up for the group’s Summer Book Sale, Aug. 14-16.

A summer staple of Bethany Beach documented as the “Annual Book Sale” in the 1998 FOSCL newsletter, the event continues to be one that many visitors consider when scheduling their vacation, noted Theo Loppatto, FOSCL Book Sale Committee and FOSCL publicity chair. All proceeds of the event go to the library, to enhance and improve its services and programs to the community.

The book sale kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. at the South Coastal Library. The sale takes place Thursday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Unique to this fundraiser is its green character, Loppatto said. The materials on sale are donations from the community, and the sale itself is produced and directed by volunteer members of the community the library serves, both full-time residents and summer-only residents and visitors.

“Furthermore, it is not uncommon to see a particular book or other material donated, purchased, re-donated and repurchased; and the green cycle continues,” she said. “The dedicated cadre of volunteers look forward to their stint at the book sale as an opportunity to visit with friends and see neighbors as they move through the sale,” she added.

“Many of the book sale volunteers have been working the sale for years and have their own area of expertise. For example, among our set-up crew, there are volunteers who for years have set up a particular area of the sale room, be it bestsellers, non-fiction, children’s materials, DVDs and CDs, or paperbacks,” said Loppatto. “They know the materials and the most effective way to display them.”

She described the production for the sale itself as being like a finely tuned ballet.

“The Friends of South Coastal Book Sale Committee sets up tables and places signage throughout the room early the day prior to sale,” Loppatto said. “At 10 that same day, a dedicated group of volunteers arrives with trucks and hand trolleys to physically move the merchandise from its storage facility into the library. After they finish, another group of volunteers comes to unpack and arrange the materials in the sale room.

“This process reverses itself at the end of the sale,” she noted. “During the three days of the August sale, another wonderful group of volunteers serve as cashiers and customer service assistants to ensure customer satisfaction.

“This year’s sale promises to be full of wonderful materials judging by donations that continue to come to the library and are accepted up to and throughout the sale,” Loppatto said. “There may even be a few surprise sale events!”