Basically, the Montreal Library Book Sale consists of discarded library books AND donations the network of libraries in the Montreal area have received/donated. Once a year, the City of Montreal gathers all the books and puts on a huge sale.
I had been thinking of doing volunteer work for some time, but since my heart would break working with animals or children, I thought that I could volunteer with books - my passion.
Anyway, this long intro to say that today I volunteered at the library sale.
Quick logistics - they figure they received 145,000 books and I believe them. Check out this picture of the "sorting area" these are boxes that haven't even been opened yet. Trust me this picture doesn't even cover the number of boxes that were there. When I first walked into the back of the hockey arena, I actually had my breath taken away - so many books in one spot!
This is only a portion of the books that were set up on the tables.
One of the other reasons I volunteered was because I honestly and truly HATE waiting in line for ANYTHING (ask my friend Cindy, she can vouch for this!)and because the City of Montreal library sale is ONE of the biggest (and only once a year) there are tons of people at this one - who wait hours in line. Well, of course, I had been working the sale way before the doors opened to the public so I had no idea how many people were outside (thank goodness it was beautiful out). Once they opened the doors, I looked around and saw about 50 people in the huge arena, which did not seem like much to me, except when I left the building after my shift was over, to discover that they were letting people in a little bit at a time (with security monitoring the doors). This meant that there were a ton of people waiting in line.
- The Kingmaker by Brian Haig (thriller) ($29.99 new - my cost $1.00)
- Girl Seeks Bliss by Nicole Beland (I already started this one and love it) ($20.00 new - my cost $1.00)
- Simple Yoga by Cybele Tomlinson ($20.00 new - my cost $1.00)
- Yoga Poetry of the Body (50 practice cards) (this one is $25.00 brand new - got it for $1.00)
- Debt-Free Forever by Gail Vaz-Oxlade ($21.99 brand new - my cost $1.00)
I get to do it all over again next weekend.