Libraries are constantly reviewing, renewing and updating stock and one popular way of recycling unwanted items is to hold a sale.
This is what Maida Vale Library has been doing since 8 August, with children’s books from 30p, adult fiction from 50p and non-fiction from £2, plus CDs/DVDs at £1 each. Discounts are on offer for those customers who want to buy in bulk!
Despite the first day being very hot and humid customers came in their droves – over 150 people came to have a rummage. People came from far and wide, some looking for specific titles or illustrators. One couple were delighted to find a Wombles book for sale – they’re on the lookout for these to help them in their work as animators.
It was also great being able to talk to people about the library service and all the wonderful events and activities we put on. As a result of one conversation, we’re hoping that an origami artist will come in and run a session for us ( – on checking his website following the sale I was very impressed to see that he had worked with a childhood heroine of mine, the great Valerie Singleton! – Ben).
It would have been incredibly difficult to set up and run the day without the help of one of Maida Vale Library’s longest serving volunteers, Lisa. Special thanks must go to Lisa for rolling up her sleeves yet again and helping move and sort the wall of boxes we had in storage the night before the sale and by helping manage the sale on the day itself. It just goes to show how valuable volunteers are and how they help support the staff in a variety of different ways.
We’re always looking for new volunteers, so if you’re interested in helping out, take a look at our Volunteering in Libraries & Archives page.
Talking of volunteering and recycling, we have also arranged for Westminster Recycling Champions to visit the library once a month to talk to residents about all things recycling in the City. With battery recycling and recycling bags already available in the library for collection, staff are also looking at offering other opportunities to reduce waste such as providing a “Give and Take” shelf for small unwanted items. However, more of that at a later date.
In the meantime, the sale of ex-library stock continues with new items being added each day. Come along and grab yourself a bargain.