Critical Need for Book Sale Volunteers

At the quarterly meeting of the board of the Hermiston Friends of the Library plans for a fall book sale were discussed.  Lack of volunteers to man the book sale was recognized as a critical problem and alternatives to holding the annual book sale were proposed.  Board members felt that a final appeal to the Friends membership and the public was appropriate before finalizing any other plans.

A tentative date for the fall book sale was set for Oct. 9, 10, and 11 in the Hermiston Library Lanham Room.  Volunteers are needed for the following duties and dates to make the book sale a reality.

October 5, 2:00 p.m.:  Needed are 5 to 10 people to help set up tables, move book boxes from storage, and place books on designated table locations.  This takes a good two hours. Needed are both volunteers who can lift the boxes, up to 35 lbs., and those who can help with the initial sorting of books.

October 6 - 9:  Needed are 4 or 5 volunteers who can straighten and organize the books into their genres and categories.  Access to the Lanham Room is available throughout the day and volunteers work on their own to prepare the books for sale.

October 9, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to man the counters and assist buyers taking purchases to their vehicles.  Normally needed are 3 -4 people to cover the sales.

October 10, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Two teams of volunteers are needed to cover sales shifts from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. until closing at 5:00 p.m. Teams are a minimum of 2 volunteers.

October 11, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Two teams of volunteers are needed to cover sales shifts from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. until closing at 3:00 p.m. Teams are a minimum of 2 volunteers.

October 11, 3:00 p.m.:   A total of 5 or 6 people are needed to place the leftover books into boxes, move the boxes to the hallway, and take down the tables used in the sale.  This team routinely requires about an hour of work time to accomplish the task.

Volunteers for these tasks are critical to the successful accomplishment of a book sale this year.  Members and the public are asked to contact the library at 541-567-2882 to volunteer for any or several of the dates and duties outlined above.  September 12 will be the last day to volunteer for the book sale.  Based on the outcome of this outreach the decision will be made at that time to continue with the book sale or cancel it for this year.