Buy Used Books in the Book Cellar

Is your New Year’s Resolution to save money? Buy Used Books in the Book Cellar!

Boone County Public Library Book Cellar
Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY
Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cash, checks or Library Bucks cheerfully accepted.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: It’s a way of life at the library. Sure, we’re serious about minimizing waste as we go about our jobs on a daily basis. But the mantra also applies to the way we manage the books and other materials in our collection and how we fulfill our central mission of providing information and promoting literacy and learning. Whenever possible, we strive to give materials a second life after they leave our shelves.

When it comes to the collection, it’s actually more like “Renew” than “Reduce.” Multiple copies of former bestsellers, for example, are regularly taken out of circulation as their popularity wanes, supplanted by the latest in-demand releases. Nonfiction works are replaced routinely with updated editions and titles that reflect current and emerging issues and changing tastes and trends. We call this process “weeding,” a particularly fitting term if you think of the library as a garden – a place that brings delight and bears fruit only with thoughtful planning and consistent maintenance.

Some books, admittedly, have either been too well loved or have become too outdated to pass on, and these are sent to the recycling bin (the compost heap, if you will, of the library). We apply the same standards to donated materials, adding some to the circulating collection and recycling others. But the vast majority of our “weeds” and donated items are in perfectly acceptable condition or better, and — in the world of library discards as in the world of horticulture — one person’s weed is another person’s wildflower. That’s where the Book Cellar comes in.

The Book Cellar, the library’s used book shop, is located in the basement level of the Main Library and is open to the public every week on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9-1 p.m. At the Book Cellar we offer withdrawn and donated materials – adult, teen and children’s books, books on CD, music CDs and DVDs – almost all at prices of $1.00 or less (and magazines, VHS and cassette tapes are free!). For 2020, we have an expanded inventory of vintage and decorative books, plus a new section called Cellar’s Best: a collection of like-new, gift-worthy titles offered at prices up to $5. In addition, all of our locations have book-sale shelves where items can be purchased anytime the library is open. We can think of no better way of extending the life of books than passing them on to members of our community at great value.

A small number of withdrawn or donated books provide extra bang for the buck in terms of return on investment. These are titles with especially high resale value that we sell online in partnership with Better World Books (BWB), a so-called “triple bottom line” enterprise that incorporates social and environmental responsibility into its business model by donating books and funds to literacy initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. The proceeds from books we sell through BWB are used for special collection-related purchases, such as book kits and summer reading programs.

And there are other ways we extend the life – and thereby stretch the value — of withdrawn and donated books. Some are used as giveaways at outreach events; others are taken to homebound patrons and residents of nursing homes. Subject to availability, the library provides books to Boone County teachers for classroom use. In past years we have given books to the Sons of the American Revolution, which distributed them to Veterans Administration hospitals.

If you have donated books or other materials to BCPL, we thank you for helping to sustain and grow these efforts. If you have already discovered the Book Cellar, we thank you for your patronage and look forward to seeing you next time. If you’ve never been to The Book Cellar, stop in and pick yourself a “wildflower” (or a whole bouquet of them, as most of our visitors do!). The library is a bountiful garden, and it’s our mission to share it.

–Jenny

Jenny Walsh is BCPL’s Book Sale Room Assistant — or, as she likes to put it, Purveyor of Unlikely Treasures. A native of the Washington, D.C., area, she has lived in Kentucky for 12 years and been with the library since 2011.

Boone County Public Library Book Cellar
Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY
Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cash, checks or Library Bucks cheerfully accepted.

 

Top picks for Romance novels by BCPL staff

February is the month of love and Boone County Public Library staff members share their favorite Romance novels.

 

Kathleen Piercefield, Circulation Assistant, recommends Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (which she read long before it was made into a television series).  It not only has a wonderfully romantic love story, but also the romance of historical events, a remote and beautiful landscape, fascinating characters  … and time travel!  Who could ask for more?

 

 

 

Julie Bockstiegel, Collection Services, recommends One Day in December by Josie Silver.  A recent popular read, this title was written up in several reviews toward the end of 2018.  Despite the mention of December, it is not really a “Christmas” story.  The plot deals with a woman who briefly sees a guy at a bus stop, and for some reason she has a jolt that he could be “the one”. She looks for him and months later finally meets him – as the new boyfriend of her best friend!  Years go by, and people come and go in their lives.  But rest assured, there is a happy ending.

 

 

Julie also recommends A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer.  As a widow makes preparations to get married again; there are romantic complications among her grown daughters and future step children. The story has appealing characters and keeps you interested in who they will end up with and how they will resolve their problems.

 

 

Carrie Herrmann, Director, recommends Montana Sky by Nora Roberts.  Jack Mercy has died, leaving his ranch to his three daughters.  In order to inherit the ranch, the three sisters must live together on the ranch for one year.  Each daughter has a different mother and are as different as three women can be ranging from one living on the ranch, one escaping an abusive relationship and one with a job in Hollywood.  It’s a story about the three women learning to be a family while dealing with love-of-their-life relationships as well as a serial killer that is wreaking havoc in the small community. It is a wonderful mix of romance, mystery and women’s fiction.

 

 

Karen Helmle, Page Supervisor, occasionally enjoys reading a romance novel, but ends up feeling as if it was formulaic. However, every now and then a romance novel comes along that really grabs her. Ransom by Julie Garwood was one of those novels. There is humor, mystery, and the main character was brave and strong.  She didn’t try to prove herself and there wasn’t created conflict for the sake of making the story more dramatic. This historical romance was so much fun.

 

Caron Ward recommends Precious Bane by English author Mary Webb. Featured in a Masterpiece Theatre presentation, Precious Bane is set in the 18th century countryside of Shropshire. In a time when people were superstitious, being born with a disfigurement could cause a lifetime of judgement. Prue, who wants to be loved and has more character than most women of her time, is pursued by Kester Woodsheaves, an itinerant weaver whose intellect and character are immense enough to be the perfect match for Prue.

 

Jennifer Cheek, Public Relations Specialist, is not much of a Romance reader, but says everyone should read the children’s picture book The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson and illustrated by Tricia Tusa.  The story is written to the rhythm of Clementine about a man who goes to great lengths to ask a lady to be his Valentine.  The illustrations show that the lady continuously misses the signs from her admirer as everyday tasks keep her too busy to notice.  The book is hilarious, a great read for all ages and impossible to read without singing to the tune.  Jennifer’s favorite line from the book is “Now you’re my –al–n–ine.”