2016 Friends of the Library Used Book Sale — Twin Cities

April 2016

07-April  Delano Library, 160 Rail­road Ave, Delano, MN 55328 1-8pm (scan­ners banned)
07-April  South­dale Library, 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 6-8pm Friends Only
08-April  Stafford Branch, 8595 Cen­tral Park Pl, Wood­bury, MN 55125 9:30am-5pm
09-April  South­east Library, 1222 4th St. SE Min­neapo­lis, MN 55414 9am-4pm
09-April  New Prague Library, 400 E. Main Street, New Prague, MN 56071 9am-3pm
09-April  Mon­ti­cello Library, 200 W 6th St, Mon­ti­cello, MN 55362 10am-2pm

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Cash for Books Winter/Spring 2016 Book Buyback Appt. Hours

In order to sell us books, you still need to fol­low and com­plete all 3 steps on the Sell_Books page. This includes choos­ing and set­ting up a spe­cific time for your drop-off or pick-up.

In gen­eral (though sub­ject to avail­abil­ity), hours are:
Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day: 9am to 5pm
Wednes­day, Sat­ur­day, Sun­day: Closed

Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day: 9am to 5pm
Wednes­day, Sat­ur­day, Sun­day: Closed

Please be cer­tain to sched­ule a spe­cific time. This guar­an­tees you that time slot. With­out a spe­cific time sched­uled, we may not be present to do the buyback.

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Textbook Buyback Minneapolis St. Paul Minnesota — Sell Back College Books for Cash

If you are a cur­rent stu­dent or recently attended any of the fol­low­ing Min­neapo­lis and St. Paul metro area schools, you have books you can sell to us for cash.

Adler Grad­u­ate School
Anoka-Ramsey Com­mu­nity Col­lege
Argosy Uni­ver­sity
Augs­burg Col­lege
Bethel Uni­ver­sity
Brown Col­lege
Capella Uni­ver­sity
Col­lege of Visual Arts
Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity
Dakota County Tech­ni­cal Col­lege
Dun­woody Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy
Ham­line Uni­ver­sity
Hen­nepin Tech­ni­cal Col­lege
Insti­tute of Pro­duc­tion and Record­ing (IPR)
Inver Hills Com­mu­nity Col­lege
Luther Sem­i­nary
Macalester Col­lege
McNally Smith Col­lege of Music
Met­ro­pol­i­tan State Uni­ver­sity
Min­neapo­lis Col­lege of Art and Design
Min­neapo­lis Com­mu­nity and Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (MCTC)
Min­nesota School of Busi­ness and Globe Uni­ver­sity
Min­nesota School of Cos­me­tol­ogy
National Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity (NAU)
Nor­man­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege
North Cen­tral Uni­ver­sity
North Hen­nepin Com­mu­nity Col­lege
North­west­ern Col­lege
Ras­mussen Col­lege
St. Cather­ine Uni­ver­sity (St. Kate’s)
Saint Paul Col­lege
Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota (U of M)
Uni­ver­sity of St. Thomas
Walden Uni­ver­sity
William Mitchell Col­lege of Law

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Book Scanners Banned at Library Used Book Sales

Book Scanner BanThere’s a new trend this year at Hen­nepin County Friends of the Library Used Book Sales — No Scan­ners, at least not dur­ing the first few hours of a sale in some locations.

I noticed this today at the Augs­burg Park Library sale in Rich­field, MN. From 9am to 11:30am, the ban was in place. I found a cou­ple bookscouts sur­prised by the ban since they said there was no men­tion of it on the hclib.org web­site, nor of the booksalefinder.com site.

I found scout­ing for books with­out tech­nol­ogy refresh­ing. It’s like it used to be circa 2002 when no one had a scan­ner or smart phone to check resale prices. It’s just more fun, and you spend more time actu­ally look­ing at the books instead of your device.

The prices at these sales are bet­ter, too. Hard­cov­ers have been a dol­lar and soft­cover books 50 cents. As a book scout, you can afford to make some pick­ing mis­takes. You’ll almost always find more win­ners than losers.

Ide­ally, there would be no charge to visit a sale and never a ban on scan­ners. But, if I had to chose one or the other, it’s hard to say which is prefer­able. On the one hand, when you pay $5 to $25+ to use a scan­ner (usu­ally in the form of a manda­tory mem­ber­ship to the local Friends group for pre­sale shop­ping rights) the cost really adds up dur­ing the Spring to Fall book sale sea­son. On the other hand, you pick and buy only books you want. You don’t end up with books with­out resale value. With the scan­ner ban, you don’t pay to get into the sale, but you might end up spend­ing a lot on books you don’t really want.

In the end, I think it really depends on the indi­vid­ual book sale. A ban at the Augs­burg Park sale makes sense because it’s a really small sale and no bookscout would pay any­thing to preshop so few books. For a bookscout, requir­ing a Friends mem­ber­ship to pre­sale at a large sale like the one at the South­dale Library in Edina, MN is bet­ter than a scan­ner ban because you know you’ll find enough books to cover the cost of entry.

Library Used Book Sale

I hop­ing that the trend returns to no charge for scan­ners and no scan­ner bans, but I’m not keep­ing my fin­gers crossed. For now, I just glad it’s Spring and the sales are back.

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Twelve Days of Minnesota Holiday Themed Books

Doesn’t it seem like the Hol­i­days have turned into one full month of marathon shop­ping?  Why not give your­self an early gift by stay­ing home one cold evening to curl up with a good book and cup of hot chocolate.

Here is a selec­tion of twelve Min­nesota themed books filled with hol­i­day mem­o­ries, tra­di­tions, sto­ries, and smells to remind us of the true spirit of Christ­mas in the North­land. (Some descrip­tions edited from the sell­ers and pub­lish­ers’ pages)

  • For a heart­warm­ing col­lec­tion of hol­i­day sto­ries for a good cause read:

getting ready for Christmas

Get­ting Ready for Christ­mas and Other Sto­ries by Roger Barr

Get­ting Ready for Christ­mas and Other Sto­ries writ­ten by Roger Barr

Get­ting Ready for Christ­mas and Other Sto­ries is a col­lec­tion of thir­teen hol­i­day sto­ries that were pub­lished in the Vil­lager news­pa­per between 1997 and 2010. The sto­ries are all set in St. Paul with Many cen­tered on a fic­tional food shelf called “The Open Cup­board.” This anthol­ogy was cre­ated by a com­mu­nity of artists, edi­tors, design­ers, busi­ness peo­ple and pub­lish­ing pro­fes­sion­als who are donat­ing their ser­vices and mate­ri­als to make the cost of pro­duc­ing the book as close to zero as pos­si­ble with pro­ceeds going to the local food shelves.

Con­tinue read­ing

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