Seymour's and The Book Sales
Semi-Annual Book Sale
Vice President, Book Sales
A PLEA FOR VOLUNTEERS
All of you love and patronize the several
book sales throughout the year--the blowout
semi-annual sales, the beach read sale and the
popular Christmas sale. These sales would not be
possible without the devotion and hard work of
our volunteers. The FOL Board desperately needs
adult volunteers who will help continue the
finest book sales in Northeast Florida.
Why? The present cadre of permanent adult
volunteers is aging--the average age is over 70.
We need volunteers who are able to move boxes of
books to display tables, and have time to set up
tables and book displays for the semi-annual
sales. To volunteer, register at Seymour's Book
Store in the library lobby. A month before a
sale you will be contacted by letter to set up a
The camaraderie and efficiency of the volunteers
is amazing-- we can set up 15,000 books in one
day! Just a few hours strategically donated will
make a world of difference. Come join the
team--we would love to have you!
Guy Di Carlo
Vice President, Book Sales
SEE YOU AT THE BOOK SALE NEXT
our video from the April - May 2014 Book Sale!
Remember, all proceeds go to support the
Friends’ Mission of making our library an
outstanding educational, cultural, civic and
recreational center for the community.
The Friends have been selling books for the past 20 years and it
has been my pleasure to head the operations of this division
since 1997. In that time I have witnessed many volunteers donate
each year over 4,000 hours of their talents and efforts to bring
about a book sale operation that is second to none in northeast
Seymour’s, the in-library book store, has become a prominent
part of life to many of its patrons since its opening in 2003.
Seymour’s is now the only used book store in the beaches area.
The 20 volunteers and the 24 substitutes who work in the store
know that its customers are looking for reasonably priced books
for their reading enjoyment, and they keep the store filled with
books that appeal to our patrons.
The store and semi-annual book sales, in the last 16 years, have
earned a net income of over $550,000, which goes directly to
support the Friends’ mission of making our library an
outstanding educational, cultural, civic and recreational center
for the community. Careful planning and hard work by these
dedicated volunteers have brought book sales to the point of
providing this steady source of income. The volunteers of Book
Sale Operations wish to personally thank you for your
encouragement and support. See you at the next book sale, April
29 - May 3!
Guy Di Carlo, Jr.
Vice President, Book Sales
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. THURSDAY & FRIDAY
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. SATURDAY 10:00 p.m. - 4:00
|Bring your tote
bags and fill ‘em up with books. Books from Seymour’s
are used, but they look like new!
||When you buy in Seymour's Bookstore
all the money goes to the Friends of the Library, and
ultimately, to our Library.
|GENTLY READ BOOKS
Each year brings new thrills to the existence of our
volunteer bookstore, Seymour’s. It is fascinating to
watch the store grow in many ways. It is as though we
are watching our favorite child or grandchild progress
to adulthood. The store is filled with gently read books
which promise a magnitude of adventures that can be ours
through reading. We are constantly trying to increase
the number of library patrons who will stop in the store
to share those adventures through reading.
One of our methods to entice folks into the store is a
cart outside our main door that holds books marked $2,
as are at least 80% of the books inside the store. First
timers ask, “How much is this?” When told $2, a look of
surprise that turns to delight fills their faces. Our
ever helpful and knowledgeable volunteer asks if they
can be of service and make recommendations that would
intrigue the patron. You will likely hear the volunteer
say “Yes, I’ve read that book and it is very good, you
would like it!”
The majority of our daily 20-25 patrons are women, so it
follows that many of the book categories are selected to
draw their attention. One category that is difficult to
keep well stocked is children’s books. Men are not shy
but do not seem to visit Seymour’s as often as the
ladies. Our most frequent male visitors are retired, and
tend to drop in when not playing golf, tennis or working
around their homes. Yet, they are also avid readers.
You may have noticed that there are fewer and fewer
small bookstores - the places where you could listen to
soothing music and browse through the shelves at your
leisure. We have tried to replace that comfortable,
intimate feeling, including the music. We hope that
Seymour's will enable you to find the enjoyable books
that will satisfy your need for literary companionship.
ABOUT OUR BOOK BUGGY
You have found the donation bins outside Seymour’s,
which is good. Unfortunately, some books are being
carelessly thrown in, which is not good. Please be more
cautious and place the books gently in the bin – or
better, bring your gently used books into the store. And
please help save your back (and ours.) Those huge moving
boxes are great for light things, but not for books. If
possible, please bring in your books in plastic bags or
liquor boxes. ABC Liquors is very accommodating about
giving out empty boxes. Remember, you’ve treated your
books gently up to now, so handle them with care on
their final journey to Seymour’s. Thanks.
OUR BOOKS DON’T HAVE MEASLES!
The new little red dots at the tops of the book spines
are our “high tech” method of inventory control. Soon
you’ll see yellow, green and blue dots – none of which
signify measles or any other ailment. We want to keep
the books fresh on the shelf for you.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND
" I bought several gift certificates at Christmas for
friends and they were delighted with them. I think it
would make a great gift for any occasion. People really
enjoy them." - Paula Hellman Ask us about our Gift
Certificates. They are a great gift idea for any season,
holiday, or birthday.
HOW TO DONATE BOOKS
Seymour’s receives donations every day --- anywhere from
1 to 300 books. People move, a relative dies, a parent
decides her 18-year-college-freshman is not going to
read his/her kiddie books any more. We especially love
those giant art books, biographies, great children’s
books, non-fiction books relating to animals, cooking,
health, travel, finance, military, spiritual, reference,
psychology, the theater. Best of all? We love books
published in the current year, which we typically sell
What Do We Accept?
Books in good to mint condition in small or medium-sized
boxes or grocery bags. Call 273-3990 for pickup.
What Do We Not Accept?
Encyclopedias, magazines, records, textbooks and books
on health, finance and business older than a few years.
As always, thank you Ponte Vedra readers for your
continuing generous donations of books.
DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE - WOULD YOU LIKE
Of course we are happy
to offer you a tax deduction form for any books you bring in to
the store. But you may also request a receipt for any books you
purchase. Just ask the volunteer on staff. DID YOU KNOW?
Seymour's not only sells books to the public, it also gives
books to Mission House, Pablo Towers, the Mayport Naval Base,
the Betty Griffin House, and other places around Jacksonville.
Of course we work in conjunction with the library, and any books
you bring into the store that might be right for our library,
stay right here in the library.
What Does a Seymour's Volunteer Do?
||helves fiction from the bins for the shelves
||asily guides people to
the books they are looking for.
||outh books? She knows what books go with
||akes change and keeps track of the Daily
||pens the book bin and brings in newly
||ses the dot system to help with inventory
||eminds visitors to become a member of
Friends of the Library.
||cans the “Search Service” binder to alert
people about requests.
||olunteers to work at the book sales
throughout the year.
||versees each store’s bin to ensure that
books are alphabetized.
||oves to meet new customers and greet repeat
||ses the carpet sweeper to keep Seymour’s
||eatly alphabetizes shelves that require it.
||ickets! Sells or gives them to customers for
the FOL events.
||njoys the camaraderie with other volunteers.
||njoys hearing a million thanks from Ponte