Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring 2010 Book Sale FAQ, Part II


This is part II of the FAQ's for the Spring 2010 Book Sale. If you missed Part I yesterday, scroll down. If you want to see the whole thing at once, or to be able to print your own copy, click on this link to Google Docs. If you have more questions than we've answered, please e-mail us!

What’s in the Display Case?

A variety of eye-catching and specialty books that might require a little more gentle handling than those on the shelves in the Specials Room.  NOTE: Display case items are sometimes ready to appear as soon as MONDAY, April 19.

Do you have books “held back”?

There are a certain number of higher value books that we have available for scrutiny and purchase which we do not put in the Specials Room. This is largely due to concern for their condition. As you probably know, in collectible books, condition plus scarcity is everything. Let us know if there is something particular you are looking for.

What are the advantages of becoming a Friends Member?

First and foremost, you can enter the sale on Friends Night, April 21, 5-7:30 p.m.  While we restock the sale all week, the best of the Specials Room books are available that night.

Second, for Friends members with specialty subject interests, we are sometimes able to identify a few available titles that are not shown on the toplist.  Tell us what you collect, and we’ll keep it in mind as we accrue donations between sales.

GREAT! How do I become a Member?

The easiest way is to click on the button to join (top of the sidebar on the right). That will take you through a process to join. Then on Friends night, you show up, check in, and will receive a ticket to enter.  If you wait until Friends Night to join, you will spend more time at the check-in table as we have to get the information from you along with your check. Spend less time IN LINE by doing it ON LINE.

Why do you allow Dealers?

Dealers are customers just like anyone else. We value our relationships with all of our customers as long as everyone behaves in an adult manner. Believe it or not, some of the most egregious behavior does NOT come from dealers. By the same token, we do not have a special “Dealers Night” like some book sales do because we do not value the dealers any more than our other customers, and vice-versa.

What are the sale hours?

Friends Night (membership required) April 21, 5-7:30 p.m.
Thursday & Friday, April 22-23, 10-5
Saturday, April 24, 10-4
Sunday, April 25, 1-3:30

What kind of accessibility do you provide for disabled people?

Our aisles are measured and tables placed exactly to comply with Fire Marshall requirements for safety. If you need a walker or wheelchair, we are happy to accommodate you by offering you a chance to come shop for a short time before we open to the public. Please understand that to access this opportunity you need to contact us first. You can do so by e-mailing us at restonfriendspr@gmail.com or contacting someone at the library.

That said, per Fire Marshall rules, we cannot accommodate strollers. Please consider carefully whether your child or children are the type that can wait quietly for you to finish shopping. If they are likely to create a disturbance for other patrons, please reconsider bringing them. Our major concern is their safety -- people carrying boxes, bags or piles of books often do not see little ones under their feet.

Finally, we want to make the book sale a pleasant experience for everyone involved. If you have concerns, suggestions or questions, please communicate them to our e-mail address and we’ll answer as soon as we’re able. Thank you for helping us to make the Reston Used Book Sale the best in town!

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