Monday, September 15, 2014

Why the FRIENDS raise funds for the Library

Arrive early for the Used Book Sale for the line will be longer
than shown in this picture. Open the link below if wish to compare
our library to other libraries.
Scroll down to  read some interesting posts and learn all  about our BIG HUGE USED BOOK SALE coming Friday Sept. 26 through Sept. 28.
Posted here today is a link to some very  remarkable photographs of stunning images of small libraries, a few of them appear deserted.
If you  ever have wondered why the Friends spend so much time and effort raising funds for the Fullerton Public Library this little slide show says it all to a certain extent!  Compare these little tiny libraries, some deserted and left to waste away to our fine library with its beautiful new conference center, thousands of visitors every month, fine staff, well developed collection and special programs.  The Fullerton Public Library is  a community treasure. Is it any wonder that Friends of the Library have continually supported it for over 50 years.
We have a very nice library, that we are all very proud of  and we want  protect like this post blog link suggests. The moneys that the Friends of the Library raise by books sales assure that our library will have an assortment of  up to date resources and the all the programs and special services  that libraries of our caliber should have. So we continue to devote our time and energy to serving it and encourage others to so too. Thanks to all of you who so generously donate your used books.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Another YouTube Post

In less than two weeks  the Friends of Fullerton Public Library will be having their Huge 3 Day Used Book Sale.  It starts Friday, September 26 and will continue on through Sunday.  For further details click the tab above, BOOK SALE DETAILS.
Referring to the previous post, so many people have enjoyed  that very clever Ikea Catalog ad reinforcing the concept of  the "bookbook." It is all over the Internet.
Since  Friends of the Library, such as yourselves, are so concerned with "bookbooks" of all genre and subject matter it seems you might also be equally concerned with literacy.   So, posted here is another clever little YouTube video highlighting this time, not just  the importance of the book and reading it,  but the  literacy needed to read all sorts of things including maps and digital devices.   Why not take a moment now to check it out and see if you too don't have a rise in your level of concern for the lack of literacy among some.
Perhaps you are concerned about the emerging or declining literacy in your family, or among your friends and neighbors. If you are, then you may want to consider purchasing a few extra books at our sale to distribute to your nieces or nephews, grandchildren, neighbor's kids, your children's friends or whoever. 
Why not purchase a few magazines at the bookstore to read yourself and then distribute elsewhere.  Some doctors' offices  have such old worn out magazines, you might  ask if you couldn't leave a few more current issues there.  Did you know that our Friends Bookstore sells magazines for 25 cents each?
Contributing to the decline in literacy in the community might be that growing presence of television sets in the medical offices!  Maybe that is too strong a statement.  It might just be that perhaps some people are feeling so poorly by the time they get in there they cannot focus on the printed page.  But to some of us waiting in the doctor's office and being subjected to blaring TV is  an intrusion on our personal reading time. When the flu is going around entertaining waiting patients with TV may have some health benefits over coughed upon literature. But oh for the days when every doctor offered fine quality reading materials to their patients. Where are the Reader's Digest and the  New Yorker issues?
Reading does a body and a mind good. Reading is physically relaxing yet mentally stimulating.  Reading at least half  an hour a day during the  summer vacation is so important for school children.  Reading at least that amount  of time a day and every day is equally important for people of all ages.  
"... Intellectual stimulation throughout the life span can reduce cognitive decline in old age."
Now that is a thought to ponder! So let us all keep reading, donating and buying and sharing used books and encouraging others to do the same.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Book Ad Not to Be Missed

Linked into this post is an ad on YouTube for a catalog of all things. The Friends of Fullerton Public Library do not sell catalogs at their used book sales.  The link posted below is an advertisement for a store. We don't advertise any other stores but ours:
Friends Used Bookstore
Open Six Days a Week
Monday - Saturday
10:00 - 4:00
and our
used book sales
3 Day Used Book Sale
Sept. 26 - Sept. 28
1 Day Only Used Book Sale
Dec. 13. 2014
and our special events like the
Annual Membership meeting.
So, why this link to an ad? Why is there this reference for a store catalog? Well.... 
view this:
and see an excellent video explanation of the benefits and ease in using the print volume format of the IKEA 2015 catalog. Isn't this creatively done video presentation just about the best set of reasons you know of for continuing to purchase new or used print books.

Thanks to all of you who so generously donate to the Friends of the Fullerton Public Library there will be plenty of print books for sale at our store, at our sales and online. Ironically,  despite the fact that  you are reading this digitally, we all know that you too are a true print book aficionado and will continue to support the efforts of the Friends of the Fullerton Public Library.


Stacks and Stacks of Books

Since the September issue of the Friends of the Fullerton Public  Library newsletter, The Library Leaf,  came out there is much more news known about what will be available at our 3 Day Used Book Sale.
A quick peak into the basement and a brief tour by  the Friends volunteer logistic manager revealed 10 aisles of  tall bookcases loaded full of hardbacks some packed in double rows.  Of course there will be fiction at the sale. Tables will be full of paperbacks and hardback fiction, but these once empty shelves  seen today were  jammed packed full  of nonfiction.  There are here textbooks on all sorts of university level topics. Some of them are relatively recent health science books.  There are political and  social science books,
    biographies and art books. 
          cookbooks, hobby books, computer books,
                parenting books and reference books.
There were four sorting tables piled chin-high with stacks of wonderfully fabulous books some of which looked brand new. A little volume of the 18th century poet, William Blake, lay on top of one the shorter stacks. 
Tiger Tiger. burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye.
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
. . .
William Blake
This is going to be such a terrific sale, a real spectacular one for sure! This writer cannot wait until  it begins on Friday, September 26.  With all that is in stock, one visit to the sale might not be enough.  Wise shoppers may want to make several trips to this sale. With the supply of books we have on hand many of the sale tables will be replenished numerous times with additional items throughout the sale
You will not want to miss this sale.  So many generous people have donated such a huge quantity of quality books and other media.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Yeah For the Print Books

The Friends of Fullerton Public Library will  soon be having that Big Huge 3 Day Used Book  Sale which so many of you have been waiting for.  Be sure to mark your calendar for it. The sale starts  Friday, September 26 and ends Sunday, September 28.  If you don't know all details on special times and bargains then click the  tab above: BOOK SALE DETAILS.

If you are the type of person who  needs to have  justification for buying even more books to add to your own growing home library, then here is a link to an  online article that may interest you. 

The Guardian has reported that there are studies being done on the effects of digitization and text reading. It seems that "studies for students have shown that students prefer to read from paper."  Would you believe there is something tactile and emotional about reading from a real book that makes us absorb more. Well read this and see if you agree.

If this topic of which media to use for reading and learning intrigues you and you really want an excellent excuse for buying another stack of books from our bookstore or one of our sales, then you may want to read this  older article on the topic from Scientific American.
The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that
 reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

It seems that people approach reading from a computer or tablet with a mind less conducive to reading than the state of mind they bring to paper. Apparently the solution for great reading comprehension may be  to either come to the reading task with a more conducive mind, or chuck the e-reader and buy more used books from the Friends of Fullerton Public Library.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Huge 3 Day Book Sale Sept. 26-28

The Friends of the Fullerton Public Library will be having another one of their huge customary Used Book Sales on Friday, September 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014.  This is sure to be a really great sale.  You will not want to miss it. Thousands and thousands of books have been set aside for the big sale.
Those who are official card carrying members of the Fullerton Public Library will soon have mailed to them the September issue of the Library Newsletter.  Those who become members in time for the sale may get a copy too.  In it are details of our Annual Membership Meeting with guest author Lisa See. There are book reviews, an interview our library director and much more.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Absent With Out Leave

The statistics for this blog say that there have been 60 views of this site just this past week. And here there is nothing to new to read! The old news is about a one day sale that happened in June. And here we have a big 3 Day Sale coming up Sept. 26, 27 and 28.
This blog author, Friend of Fullerton Public Library got so much interesting reading material from that June sale that she still hasn't read it all.  No excuse for not writing about the next sale though. 
The Friends are all very busy getting ready for that Sept sale.  There is so much sorting and pricing of donated materials.  A newsletter is coming out soon and plans are being made for the Annual Members Meeting in Nov.  And still everyday the library is open except Sundays, the bookstore too is open.  The hours of operation are  from 10:00 until 4:00.  If you haven't been to our bookstore lately you really should. So much good stuff comes in. This author was just delighted to be able to buy recent issues of the New Yorker for just fifty cents. She also picked up some nice items to give as gifts.
Did you know if you wanted to shop the bookstore but the it is after 4:00 you could still support the used book selling efforts of the Friends by shopping from the book carts.  Just outside the door of bookstore is one of the carts..  Just put your money in the box for what you are buying.  Another cart for this honor system shopping is in the children's room just around the corner from the restrooms.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Use Book Sale Today June 14, 2014

The Friends of  Fullerton Public Library have the special one day Summer Reading Sale all set up in the lobby of the Conference Center.  So many interesting things to purchase.  This a real stock up and read sale.  You will not want to miss out on. 
More than 10 tables are loaded.  Most tables have stacks of  boxes or bags of more books underneath them to replenish the table top.
Right inside the outside door are children's books. Many of them are BRAND NEW.  Some are non-fiction.  Lots of picture books," easy to reads," and "chapter books."  This was to be paperbacks only but there is also tables full of best selling hard covers. And there are boxes of some very interesting hobby magazines.  There were QST for ham radio operators, quilting, wood working, art and cooking magazines on tables just in side the door from the library.
  • And VHS video - three carts full many unopened. Don't miss out on this sale if you still have a VHS players.
  • And boxes of Science Fiction will be put out too.  There may be some of the old stuff that you have been looking for.
  • Don't forget the hobby magazines
  • Some brand new children books
  • Lots of interesting stuff to buy and read
Come on out to the sale; you are sure to find something interesting to read. And why not plan on stopping at the café. It will be open.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Keeping American Literature Healthy

The Friends of Fullerton Public Library are concerned about books, and reading and literature.  This is one of the major reasons why we work so very hard to raise funds to  support our Library and its wonderful programs and especially those that benefit the children of the community. If you have been reading these posts regularly, like so many of you have been, then you already know that we  will be holding a another used book sale this Saturday, June 14. It will be from 10:00 until 4:00 in the Lobby of the Library's Conference Center.  Look at earlier posts for details.
A Map of American Authors
A link is posted below of  a Jeffery Brown interview on keeping American Literature  that seems significant as we near our American holidays of Flag Day and the 4th of July.
Those of us who fill our homes with  volume after volume of books, preferring  to read by turning actual pages, and know the importance of a print rich environment for children are likely to share author James Patterson's concerns for the publishing industry. He seems worried  that the speed with which the digital revolution is occurring may be detrimental to American literature. 

Just an example of some picture books
may be available at the sale.
Readers of all genre may want to  view this clip: PBS interview of James Patterson who speaks on keeping American Literature healthy.  James Patterson tells Jeffery Brown
how concerned he is about the publishing industry. He says there are "no villains and no heroes" but that "publishers must be very brave right now" in keeping American Literature alive and healthy. He says that some countries of the world are protecting publishing. He is concerned about NYC because it is the center of books and ideas. His organization is doing its part there by giving each 6th grader in that city a book. He is also doing the same in Chicago because by giving books you are giving "the gift of imagination, creativity, and the building blocks for success."
By supporting the  Friends of Fullerton Public Library with your donations and purchases you too are doing your part to keep American Literature alive and healthy. Book donors are essential in the spreading of  a literate society.  Together we Friends of the Library put on a literary feast. Like a potluck dinner our tables are loaded with a vast assortment of tasty treats to devour.  Everyone brings their no longer wanted books and magazines and then the "bookless" and "book greedy" come and feast.  (Of course it is best when books are donated before the day of the sale.)
As you pass along books you have purchased and no longer need you are of course helping the library with the profit made from the exchange, but you are also helping to create a print rich environment in the homes of others.  Rare is the book hungry family that can possibly afford to buy at full price all the books they desire. At the Friends used book sales  your literary tastes are passed on to others.
Children need to participate in the custom of regular library visits and library book selection.   But children also need to have their very own books.  Because new books can be especially expensive for financially struggling families  the very low cost  at our used book sales makes owning more books possible for more people. Come on out and shop our sale. 


Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Saturday June 14 will be a great day to come out and shop for used books at the Fullerton Public Library at 353 W. Commonwealth in Fullerton, California.  The Friends of the Library will be holding a special One Day Only Summer Reading Sale. Lots of interesting reading material will be available for you leisure time reading. 
Why not bring the whole family out? There will be lots of children's books adult  paperbacks, mysteries and best sellers, some hardbacks and loads of magazines.  Get caught up on the news or read something of special interest.  Magazines will be going for 25 cents each.