Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When is the Next Sale?

Those of you who look forward to shopping at the Friends' used book sales may be wondering when the next sale will be.  We will be holding a One Day Sale June 14, 2014 from 10:00 until 3:00 in the lobby of the Fullerton Public Library's Conference Center.

Our June 14th One Day Sale will feature "Summer Reading" for Children and Adults. Lots of fiction and magazines, all easy to pick up and carry to the beach stuff.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Poetry Please

April is National Poetry month and if a Friend of Fullerton Public Library were ever inclined to read poetry this would be a great  time to do so. If you would like to know more about  this literary initiative check out the website:   http://www.poets.org/poemADay.php. You can sign up to get poetry delivered by e-mail.

Every now and then some great poetry anthologies land on our sales tables.  It is a fortunate find when you come across anything edited by the literature  critic, anthologist and Library of Congress appointed poet laureate, Louis Untermeyer. For many of the poems he includes in his collection there are brief introductory paragraphs.

Every home should have a poetry book or two in it. Hearing great poems well read  will do wonders for a child's language development.  Poetry is an excellent means of creating phonemic awareness in the youngest of learners.  If they are read a good dose of poetry on a regular basis from infancy on  through the grades .  Children will delight in the joyful rhythms and silly sounds of fun poetry.  Centuries old Mother Goose  nursery rhymes, selections of any of the immortal poems of the English Language as well as  samplings from  modern children poetry books will enrich vocabulary, entertain and  may well develop a lifelong  appreciation for poetry.

Some of us who were fed the stuff in home or at school have a rich reserve of various snippets and whole poems that will no doubt stick with us throughout our lives. A poem overlearned in childhood  can be called upon at will to entertain and delight ourselves and others decades later. Just hearing or reading a few words like:

"I wondered lonely as a cloud". . . .  or . . . . "Twas the night before Christmas . . . .  or . . . .  "Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of " . . . . or . . ..   " Up from the meadows rich with corn " . . .  or . . . "It was many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea that  maiden there lived whom you may know by the name of A . . ."

These words can bring back the  immortal poems such as Wordsworth's, The Daffodils, or the all time favorite  by Clement C. Moore that redefined a holiday culture. Of course Longfellow's Midnight Ride of Paul Revere should be read  this month for that significant event of 1775 occurred on the 18th. Not far from Fullerton is the city Whittier named after the poet and news paper editor who penned the words  that immortalized the composite heroine, Barbara Frietchie who hung opened the window and shook out the flag.

Perhaps this brief  listing of a few poems will encourage you to share poetry, interest you in rediscovering an old poem or exploring something new.  Whatever the case, please consider donating your poetry books to the Friends of the Fullerton Public Library (but only if you have too many  and are willing to part with a few.)  For those just developing an interest in poetry or wanting to share some with their children the shelves of the Friends Bookstore usually contain a few volumes to purchase.  And then the of course the library has such rich collection of poetry books. In the children's room you can find many picture books in that 800's that are illustrated poems.  Wonderful stuff!
Illustrations of books are just examples of items that may have been available at one of our sales or another. 
Currently our online store http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/storefront/index.html
is listing of 8 poetry books.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Decorator Items and Coffee Table Books

Friends of the Fullerton Public Library are always delighted to hear what makes our customers happy. It is very rewarding to sell people beautiful books at such bargain prices. New books are expensive and are especially difficult to buy in large quantities.  Fortunately our low priced used books  enable customers to splurge and buy books for seemingly frivolous purposes. We never really know what attracts a person to one book or another.

A mother of a young student enthusiastically reported finding the ideal book for her family.  Her son was extremely interested in the ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau.  When they came to our bookstore and found items on the ocean there they were both happy.  The son had something he could read and learn from, the mother was glad to have something new to put on her coffee table.

Another customer was happy to find what she called a "decorator Bible."  It wasn't the version she necessarily wanted, it didn't have gold edges on the pages or a satin ribbon. It was rather small and had a nice hard gold colored cover.  She thought it would be an ideal accessory for her living room.

It is interesting to realize how books are often repurposed.  Readers consume books and pass them on.    Others sometimes see these bound sets of pages as objects of art to use as decorator items.

Friends Continue On Thanks to All of You

The Friends of the Fullerton Library have a goal of raising $50,000 this year for the library.  They were very happy  when the March 3 Day Used Book Sale brought in  $10,100. It has been a long time since we had such a successful sale. 
Is this a sign that the recession is over!  People are spending more money on books?  Or is it just a fact that more people came to our sale and they found a greater number of terrific items to purchase?  Whatever the case the Friends know that what we all do is essential for our library. 
We are very grateful for all the people in our community and others who came into town to shop our sale, visit our bookstore, buy books from us online and most especially donate their used books.