ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Public Library is filling another need in our community. Without a local bookstore, residents can now look to the library for gently used, recent release books for children, teens and adults.

The Friends of the Roxbury Public Library will host a pop-up holiday book sale from Dec. 5 through Dec. 18.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will support library program expenses, museum passes, equipment and services.

“We had such a success with our mini sale over the summer, and are grateful to offer this sale as a holiday shopping option,” said Patricia Beach, president of The Friends of the Library. “With the closing of our local Barnes and Noble, we want everyone to know that we offer recent books that are in excellent condition, so very appropriate for the season of giving.”

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The opening weekend of Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 will be reserved for members of the Friends of the Roxbury Public Library. One can easily become a member of the Friends at https://roxburylibrary.org/friends-5091/location/roxbury or turning in a form with your donation at the library.

Whether to visit the holiday pop up sale or the library in general, everyone is required to make an appointment at https://www.roxburylibrary.org/visit or by calling the library at (973) 584-2400.

“The library is doing everything we can to safely serve our patrons,” said Radwa Ali, library director. “Visits by appointment ensure we don’t have too many people in the building at one time and allows staff to sanitize areas in between appointments.”

To prepare for the sale, the Friends of the Roxbury Public Library will host a one-day drive-through collection on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The drop-off rain date will be Nov. 15.

Only books good enough to be gifted will be collected. Recent Fiction and Non-Fiction. Bestsellers. Like-new. Children’s teens and adults. No 20-year-old encyclopedias or moldy westerns, please.

“We are collecting books in like-new condition, so people can get something they truly want for the holidays,” said Janet Rose, volunteer leading the book sale. “Due to limited space, we must be selective about what we receive and are unable to accept books that are outdated or not in sellable condition.”

In August, the mini book sale successfully grossed more than $2,600, and with the holiday sale, the Friends hope to surpass that amount.

“Every penny generated from this sale goes right back to the library and to the enrichment of our patrons,” said President of the Roxbury Library Board of Trustees Tracy Baltz. “The Friends of the Roxbury Public Library sponsor our countless offerings of programs and concerts for children and adults, museum passes, books, equipment and services that the library could not otherwise provide our community.”

The Roxbury Public Library is our community crossroads for learning and discovery. Each year, Roxbury Public Library serves more than 23,000 residents and neighbors with more than 200,000 check-outs and engagements through offerings of educational and enriching programs, concerts, lending books and audiovisual materials, and offering a wide array of digital content that allows our community members to access a vast array of books, audio-books, music, and film on their personal devices via their library card.  Since March, the Roxbury Public Library has been offering digital services, virtual programs, and now visits to the library and curbside service by appointment at www.roxburylibrary.org.