TEMPLE TERRACE - Attention, book lovers: There is an upcoming happening in town that may seem a bit like Christmas in July.
At the Temple Terrace Friends of the Library' Summer Book Sale, you'll have the opportunity to lavish yourself and others with gifts galore. But in this instance, you'll most likely walk away with a guilt-free conscious.
Not only will there be a plentiful assortment of reading materials for people of varied interests to peruse and purchase, but also, the price of each will range from 50 cents to $1.
The three-day event is slated to take place at the Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, from 1 to 4 p.m. for Friends of the Temple Terrace Library members, and from 4 to 7 p.m. for the general public July 18; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 and 20.
For the first time in the Friends' 15-year history of thrice-yearly book sales, its volunteer book sellers will honor attendees' credit cards.
Friends' member Ted Grevencamp said the new practice is meant to address the fact that in today's marketplace most people prefer to tender plastic in lieu of cash.
All money raised will be used to support the library's programs for children, provide scholarships, purchase new equipment and help supplement the cost of staff training. The three yearly book sales, plus the day-to-day revenue from the organization's Book Nook, located in the library's foyer, has generated more than $290,000 since 1998, the Book Nook's inaugural year.
"That's approximately $21,000 per year," Grevencamp said.
Shirley Adema, a Friends' member for many years, spent hours researching the possibility of instituting the Book Nook and was instrumental in seeing it open in 1998.
"We had some doubters but I'm glad the fruits of my labor came to fruition," Adema said.
Friends' member Jane Hilton, who regularly sorts and prices items for the Book Nook and is charged with scheduling its volunteers as well as those for the special book sales, said it's not uncommon for people to return time and time again to buy books at rock-bottom prices.
"They know they are getting a bargain," said Hilton, who also noted that many of those who attend the book sale events are people who regularly donate quality used books to the Book Nook and purchase others to replace them.
Grevencamp said he and other Friends members worry the increasing number of ebook readers will negatively affect the future of the Book Nook and its sales.
To help compensate for the inevitable loss of revenue, Friends member Klaus Ruediger has made it his responsibility to list rare and high-end books for sale on Amazon.com.
He first checks its going online price on the books Friends wishes to sell and then inputs them for a lesser price. So far, the practice has yielded close to $2,000.
"But the real problem is that we've already noticed we're getting fewer books to sell," Ruediger said.
Contact Hilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 985-7089 for more information about the Book Nook and book sale.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at JoyceCMcKenzie@gmail.com.