Please help us establish a permanent store at 84 Bethlehem Pike to sell donated books. This new location will give the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library an opportunity to replace some of the revenues that used to be generated by the weekly used book sale in the Community room of the Library.
Income from selling donated books will be used to support the Friends in promoting literacy in our community, supporting the Chestnut Hill Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and to save treasured books otherwise destined for the landfill.
For now, we are calling it the Friends Bookstore - but maybe we can come up with a better name. Enter your best idea below. The Board of the Friends will choose from the entries. The winner selects five books as an award during the bookstore’s opening ceremony.
As you can imagine it takes a lot of people working together to launch and maintain a used bookstore. We have a location. And we have a committee of Board Members working to make the store a reality. But we need your help.
We anticipate recruiting an experienced bookstore manager to oversee the operation, but there is a great deal of work to be done by volunteers: planning, promoting, advertising, meeting with community organizations, collecting books donations, setting up an inventory database, sorting donated books, shelving books, creating or managing special collections, assisting customers with book selections, working as a cashier, greeting customers.
And once open, we will need volunteers to work short shifts at the store.
If you want to be involved as an important part of this exciting, new Used Bookstore Project to serve the Northwest Philadelphia Community - please let us know who you are and what you feel you can do to help.
The bookstore is a project of The Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. But the enterprise is nonetheless a business - and one that will require a significant investment.
Help us pay start-up costs with a tax-deductible contribution to The Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library. When you do you will be helping our Library Branch, promoting literacy, and improving Chestnut Hill’s quality of life.