MAYVILLE - It is with a dash of nostalgia and a glimpse of the future for the Mayville Library that it celebrates its 40th book sale anniversary, Friday and Saturday. It is the longest-running book sale in Chautauqua County.
In early 1972, Mayville Library Association members were aware of the need for funding for the library and decided to launch the sale. They chose the weekend after the Fourth of July and worked tirelessly during the months leading up to the event. With help from the local media, they put out the word that contributions were needed and were overjoyed when a few thousand books were donated.
The fun part was each association member wrote down a guess of how much they would make after two days of selling used books at very low prices. Each guess was placed in an envelope kept hidden until after the sale. The women gathered at one member's house the following Monday to open each guess. Lo and behold; the proceeds were more than anyone expected, which was a signal that it should be an annual event.
The Mayville Library Book Sale will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the 2012 sale Friday and Saturday at the library on South Erie Street. Looking over some of the 5,000 books for sale are the Celebration Committee members, from left: Mary Carlson; library director Melissa Bartok; and chair Ann Weidman. Absent from photo was Ann Walsh.
This year, the sale will be held inside the library from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 6 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 7. Prices range from 50 cents to $4.
This year, all those who attend will be able to take a chance on winning one of the books for sale. One name will be drawn every hour, and each winner will be invited to choose the sale book of choice.
Customers will be able to choose from any of 5,000 purchases including fiction, non-fiction, children's, young adults, best sellers, large print, audio books, movies and new and gift quality.
Beginning at 1 p.m., on Saturday there will be a bag sale during which each bag will cost $3.
The coordinator of the book sale is library director Melissa Bartok, assisted by Dianne Goodrich. Volunteers are the Mayville Library Board of Directors: president Tom McCann; vice president Marguerite Rammacher; secretary Roger Stacie; treasurer Jean Lobaugh; Jenice Dechario; Drew and Susan Heitzenrater; Jim and Shirley Burnett; Brenda Klossner; Linda Wieland; Evelyn Thorndike; Connie Burg; Paul and Kim Benson; and Marsha Pritz. Celebration Committee members are: chair Ann Weidman; Mary Carlson; Ann Walsh; and Bartok.