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Book sale will lighten library’s load

Looking for a good book to occupy you on the upcoming cold winter nights? If so, you’re in luck. For $1, you can probably get 10 good books.

The Dakota County Library in Farmington is holding a book sale now through the end of October, and browsers can purchase up to 10 books for $1.

It’s not a book sale like sales of the past, where there was a whole room full of tables and stacks of books for sale. The sale that’s on right now is right out in the main area of the library, where two book racks hold the available books.

The books have either been donated to the Farmington library or been taken out of circulation. Either way, branch manager Barbara Svoboda said, there are plenty of books to sell before the library moves into its temporary location across the street at Farmington City Hall next month.

“When we’re in the temporary location, we won’t have any sale books available,” Svoboda said. “There’s a certain population who just love that. They’ll come in and check out books, but they won’t leave without buying one, too.”

The library is moving to city hall for six or seven months while its building goes through a renovation. Svoboda hopes to get rid of most of the extra, donated books before the move to city hall happens in late November because storage will be an issue for those extra boxes of books.

Svoboda may even extend the 10 for $1 sale through November. The library has two sections of books for sale — the 10 for $1 carts, and a corner display where hardcover books are sold for $1 each. She’s even considering changing prices on some of the latter just to clear the excess books before the move.

“You’d be surprised how often we get books donated to the library,” she said.

Svoboda plans to donate whatever books are left to one of the other libraries in the Dakota County system, so the books can be placed in book sales elsewhere.

The Farmington library hasn’t been able to host a large-scale, weekend-long book sale in several years, Svoboda said. The Friends of the Farmington Library used to organize and staff those larger book sales, but the local Friends group disbanded a couple of years ago.

She hopes the library’s renovation project will spur some new interest and maybe help find a few people to resurrect the Friends of the Farmington Library. Typically, Svoboda said, Friends groups are helpful in doing fundraisers, but one group she’s worked with in the past also helped to bring in featured authors and speakers.

“That’s going to be one of my pet projects after we settle in here again,” Svoboda said. “I’m hoping to rejuvenate the Friends group here. If there’s anyone out there who is interested, I’d love to hear from them.”

Svoboda can be reached by calling the Farmington library, 651-438-0250.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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