Friends of the Pima County Public Library promotes reading in a variety of waysnot only by fundraising for the Tucson-area’s nearly 30 libraries, but through their very popular monthly book sales.

It’s a book sale with great treasure-hunting potential, and it’s run by volunteers.

“It’s like having your own little mini book store”

Volunteer Gerry Murano knows about the sales’ popularity firsthand. She’s been volunteering with the Friends of the Pima County Public Library for 15 years.

“This is the section that sells out really fastthe birds,” Murano tells me. “Yeah, I’ve got two shelves for birds alone.”

Murano is one of the 250 volunteers who helps with intake of donated books, as well as with organizing and selling them at the nonprofit’s store on Country Club near Grant in Midtown.

“People love my section,” Murano says.

“We have some autonomy in pricing and deciding how to display it. It’s like having your own little mini book store,” she tells me. “It’s very fulfilling.”

Murano isn’t alone. Volunteer Glenda Leader tells me she shares a very similar sense of satisfaction in her role with Friends of the Pima County Public Library.

“This has been my dream to have a bookstore,” says Leader. “And of course I never did. This way, I have it, but not the responsibility for the finances.”

Leader is currently in charge of the Mystery & Thriller section of the book store. She says during the monthly book sale, she helps give advice on authors.

“So you give them one or two. The fun part is that they come back the next time and want to know if there are any more by that author,” Leader says.

Treasure hunting through the shelves

The monthly book sale is always a huge success. So are the Friends of Pima County Public Library’s online sales.

Last year, the nonprofit sold a book on eBay for $11,000a Japanese book of cat sketches.

But they weren’t just any cat sketches. Executive Director Libby Stone tells me a gallery in Paris, France purchased the book by famed Japanese artist Lonard Tsuguharu Foujita.

That find resulted in $11,000 the Friends of the Pima County Library have been able to donate to support programs at the 28 libraries cross the county.

And while you likely won’t find a book worth thousands, you can try your hand at treasure hunting through the shelves at the next community book sale, Friday, April 26 – Monday, April 29.

Friends of the Pima County Public Library is located at 2230 N. Country Club Road.

We invite you to make a donation to the Friends of the Pima County Public Library by donating directly at their website. Their website also contains information on the types of books and other media they accept as donationsthat includes books, comics, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and even jigsaw puzzles.

As a reminder, your donation will qualify for Arizona’s charitable tax credit.

Our partners in the Giving Project, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, will again match the first $500 in donations.