Donations for Book Sales

Donations of book and materials for the Spring and Fall Book Sales are accepted anytime at the circulation desk at the library. On Book Donation Day curb service is provided at the back door of the library. Passes for the “Friends Pre-Sale” will be given to those who donate 10 or more items.

What happens to book donations?

The Library gets first pick of donated books and materials. The librarians who select and buy for the collection love to see recent best sellers and new-looking books, and they welcome the opportunity to receive any they can use.

All books and other materials are then checked and sorted by the Friends of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library volunteers. This group works throughout the year to organize the donated materials into specific categories for the Friends of the Library Book Sales. All items are packed, marked, and stored until the next sale.

Before each sale, books must be moved from storage to the sale room and unpacked into their designated categories. This would not be possible without the many volunteers who help out during set-up day and the sale days. The entire process of preparing for these semi-annual sales requires many hours and many helping hands.

At the end of the book sale, any books and materials not sold are free to teachers and non-profit organizations. Materials that cannot be sold or given away are sold to other organizations that resell, redistribute, and recycle used books. This process keeps the materials out of our landfills and also assures that we will have a different selection of materials at our next sale.

All proceeds from book sales and resale benefit library programs and projects, and donations are tax deductible.

Guidelines for donations:

Donations of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, games, and puzzles are accepted any time the library is open. Please bring donations to the front desk.

All donations must be in good shape – with no mold, mildew, dampness, or odors.

All donations become the property of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends, to be used or disposed of as appropriate.

Who Benefits from the Free Books at the End of the Sale?

Many organizations and individuals have benefited from receiving materials at the end of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Book Sale. Here are just a few:

  • Local Schools
  • Local Universities
  • Home School Parents
  • Nursing Homes
  • Other nonprofit organizations