GREAT FALLS — For the next several days on the top floor of the Great Falls Public Library, you’ll be able to find quite a lot of books, movies, TV shows, and more.
The library is hosting its annual American Association of University Women book sale. The AAUW works with nonprofits in the city as well as libraries in Cascade County. They donate all the money made from this sale back to the libraries and other organizations. Last year’s sale was canceled due to Covid, but this year, hundreds and hundreds of books are leaving the library and going home to new owners, which is exactly what the library wants.
Library director Susie McIntyre says the sale is a big part of the library and loves to see so many people interested in coming to find new books to read.
“My favorite part of the book sale is just how excited people are about the books. Of course, we love for people to use library books but the library is all just about literacy and so we love it when we see people loving to read and this is a great opportunity for people in our community to get access to low-cost books,” McIntyre said. “They’ve been collecting throughout the summer, and we’re excited to have them here at the library this year.”
The AAUW estimates they make more than $20,000 during a good sale, and the last few years have been steady for them.
Terry Reynolds, one of the event organizers, estimates the sale has generated about a million dollars over the years, and that it is a cherished tradition for many.
“I think a lot of people really look forward to it. We get people from out of town. I had some people call from Spokane and said they were coming. It’s always an exciting thing because this is a labor of love. We absolutely love doing this. We love customers. So, we’re excited to see all those people come in the door” Reynolds said. “All the money that comes from the books, and these are all donated, all that money goes right back out into the community.”
There are countless books, movies, puzzles, and more up in the library on the third floor and they’ll be on sale the next couple days as well as next week.
The sale will be on during the following days and times:
- Thursday November 4th: 10:00 to 7:00
- Friday November 5th: 10:00 to 5:00
- Saturday November 6th: 10:00 to 5:00
- Wednesday November 10th: 10:00 to 7:00
- Thursday November 11th: CLOSED
- Friday November 12th: 10:00 to 5:00 (1/2 price day)
- Saturday November 13th: 10:00 to 5:00 (sack sale)
You can visit the library’s website for more information.