Ribbon-Cutting Celebration is “One for the Books”

by Sarah Walsh, Library Friends & Foundation Development Director

The Friends & Foundation Used Bookstore is open for business, made possible through the enthusiasm of many local library lovers. It’s a store for all of us. It’s a grand opening that gives us reason to celebrate.

You’re cordially invited to join us this Tuesday, April 9 for the Ribbon-Cutting Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. The store is located next to the Estes Park Post Office at 191 West Riverside Drive. The day begins with the reading of a Town proclamation, an official ribbon-cutting, and the unveiling of the store’s literary-themed name.

Festivities continue all day: look for the full schedule at estesvalleylibrary.org.

We’re excited this moment has arrived. And it’s worth reflecting on some inspiring values that are part of the Used Bookstore:

History: Library used book sales have a storied history in Estes Park, built upon a summertime tradition of annual Book and Bake Sales started by the Estes Park Woman’s Club in the 1960s. The Library Friends began operating the event in 1996, as sales continued to grow in popularity.

Service: People always tell us how much they appreciate having a place to donate their books, music CDs, and DVDs, with the satisfaction of knowing those items will find new homes. Like any resource, re-use of books has an ecological value.

Generosity: Used book sales, past and present, have been been made possible by the generosity of donors, as well as the dedicated volunteers who give their time every day toward sorting the tens of thousands of donations received each year.

Sweat Equity: The physical renovation of the bookstore building has been led by library lovers, who could be found recently wearing their work clothes, tearing out old carpet, spackling and painting walls, and setting up the inventory system.

A Sense of Place: The location provides a welcoming experience for shoppers, and also solves the daunting challenge of storing and moving tens of thousands of books each year. All donations of materials are now being received at the Used Bookstore, with its convenient drive-up access for drop-off of donations inside.

Fundraising: The Used Bookstore is dedicated to providing a fundraising stream to sustain and grow the vital services of our hometown Library. The Library is an essential part of our quality of life, local literacy, and lifelong learning.

Book Lovers: For readers and literary enthusiasts, Estes Park is a great place to call home—and a great destination for visitors. Our beloved independent bookstore of new books, Macdonald Book Shop, and our public library are both part of that wonderful mosaic.

We hope you enjoy visiting the Friends & Foundation Used Bookstore—and that it will be a resource for you for years to come. We’ll see you there as we celebrate this Tuesday!