Friends of the Livingston Library Restocks Its Ongoing Book Sale

Friends of the Livingston Library Restocks Book Sale  Credits: Barbara Bye

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friends of the Livingston Library has fully restocked the shelves on its Ongoing Book Sale for the month of October. All stock—nearly 1200 items of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, DVDs, CDs—has been replaced at great prices. 

“BookFEST!” will be open to the public from Thursday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Nov. 1. Members of Friends will have pre-public access to BookFEST! Wednesday, Oct. 28. Friends Board Treasurer Teresa Allard said that the Ongoing Book Sale would continue to be replenished semi-weekly as stock is sold, so Friends invites all patrons to come in and browse.

“Once a month we take down all stock that has not sold in the preceding month and replace it with new stock,” said Allard. “We call this our ‘flip’. This will be our last full restocking, or ‘flip,’ of the Ongoing Book Sale shelves until after BookFEST!, which is the big annual sale of some 15,000 books and non-print items.”

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The Ongoing Book Sale offers two large racks of books and non-print media sorted by categories—romance, science fiction, classics including poetry and short stories, general adult fiction, mysteries/thrillers, young adult, cooking, art, science, travel, sports, self-help, hobbies/crafts, foreign language, history/culture, biography, business, humor and religion. The Oversize Book shelf offers various genres. A third bookcase is devoted to children’s books and books for young readers. The sale also includes a selection of adult and children’s non-print media including DVDs and CDs. 

The sale is located past the Internet Café before the Program Room. Prices iclude: Adult hardcover: $1 each, Adult softcover: $.50 each, Children’s hardcover: $.50 each, Children’s softcover: $.25 each, DVDs: $2.00 each, other non-print media: $.25 each. Specially marked “coffee table” books are $3.00 each. “Dime” books and pamphlet booklets are $.10 each. Friends is also offering issues of National Geographic from 1967 to 2007. Due to space constraints, these are not on display. Issues are packaged in annual sets (12 monthly issues in each set) at a cost of $2 per year with discounts available on multiple year purchases.

Friends of the Library welcomes the donation of gently used books, games, puzzles, table-top toys, CDs, DVDs and audio books on CD all year round. Items should be in saleable condition. Donations may be left at the Friends Desk any time the Library is open. A tax receipt is available from the Help Desk. Friends is not able to sell, re-donate, or otherwise able to re-direct certain materials.

“Disposing of these items increases recycling costs and absorbs limited volunteer time so we hope the public will abide by our guideline and not leave them in our donation bins,” said Allard. “Friends respectfully requests that people arrange for private disposal of books in poor condition, magazines, VHS tapes, cassettes, encyclopedias, text books below college level, and text books more than 10 years old.”

Friends does accept college and graduate-level textbooks that have been published within the last ten years. Proceeds of sales support programs and services at the Livingston Library that are not covered by the Library’s budget from the Township. Friends of the Livingston Library is a non-profit 501c(3)entity. 

The Friends sponsors the Children’s/Teens Summer Reading Program and Yoga for Kids as well as several series of library programs for adults such as Music Matters, Think Theater, and Literary Liaisons. The Friends funds the Museum Pass Program which provides patrons free admission to eight area museums, the E-Reader Experience which allows patrons to borrow e-readers with preloaded books, the purchase of hundreds of books yearly, databases, and the subscription to Book Page, and more.

Friends always welcomes new members and volunteers. For additional information, contact Friends at 973-992-4600 ext. 505, visit the Friends section of the library website at, or e-mail at

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