Issaquah Library’s book sale offers plenty of bang for the buck

November 1, 2011

By Scott Panitz

The local nonprofit group Friends of the Issaquah Library will sponsor the second of its bi-annual Issaquah Library Book Sales this weekend.

Proceeds will go toward library events such as the opera club, story time for children, teen reading groups and a handful of other programs.

“The librarians in King County sponsor the events, we simply pay for them. So we supplement the programs at the library,” said David Wettstein, president of Friends of the Issaquah Library.

The sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6. Organizers hope to raise about $3,500. The sale will take place in the library’s conference room and will be staffed entirely by Friends volunteers.

Library Site Manager Philis Bodle said you can find a little bit of everything at the sale — from children’s books to adult books to bestsellers, cookbooks, investing books and anything else that someone might not have had room for on his or her personal shelf. As the vast majority of books cost just $1, Bodle said shoppers get a good bang for their buck.

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“Everything that they put into the sale is in excellent condition, so that’s an added advantage,” Bodle said. “You’re not looking at paperbacks that are falling apart. It’s all good quality and good conditioned materials.”

A special preview of the sale will be held Nov. 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. for Friends members only. Nonmembers who come to the preview may purchase an annual membership for $10, a family membership for $20, or a lifetime membership for $100, and then peruse the selection before everyone else.

Sunday is when the special “bag sale” takes place. Patrons can take home an entire grocery-bag full of books for just $5.

Friends secretary Leslie Wilson, who has been coordinating the book sales since 2003, said volunteers, whom Wettstein calls “professional people who have come together from all walks of life,” are always ready to help.

“Volunteers come in and they act as cashier. I call them ‘book wranglers’ — they try to maintain, straighten and add books to the table. And we help patrons to find things that they might enjoy reading,” Wilson said.

The Friends accepts cash or check only. The book sale takes place twice a year, once in early May or late April and again the first weekend of November.

Scott Panitz is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory. Comment at

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