As exciting as the return of the Alachua County Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale was, Saturday sees the return of something almost as important: the ability to drop off donations.
“The whole community is begging ‘Please, please. When can we bring our books?’” Sue Morris, the publicity chair for FOL, said in a telephone interview.
The COVID-19 pandemic canceled three book sales, and FOL suspended donations of books and other items when storage space ran short. But the October book sale helped the all-volunteer organization clear some space.
“We stopped taking donations because we just ran out of room,” Morris said. “We had boxes and boxes and shelves and shelves. And we just had to stop until we cleared some of this out with a sale.”
Starting this weekend, the FOL’s book house at 430 N. Main St. is once again accepting donations. Donation hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Two donation bins will be available outside the book house during off hours.
The FOL accepts donations of art, books, bookends, CDs, comics, computer software, DVDs, ephemera, games, magazines, maps, memorabilia, postcards, puzzles, vinyl records and yearbooks.
The spring FOL book sale returns April 23-27. Proceeds from the biannual sale help support the Alachua County Library District. FOL has given more than $5.4 million to the library district since 1986.