Thank you for volunteering for this year's book sale!
Our annual success is all thanks to you! Right now we are taking a break from another very busy book sale season. Please watch this space in the new year for volunteer opportunities for next year's sale. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please read the descriptions of the kind of help we need starting from around mid-August until the end of October.
Before the pre-sale sorting can start in September, the sale site needs to be set up. This means lifting and moving tables and other furniture, cleaning, and establishing the sale site activity areas. People are only needed for a few days in the last couple of weeks of August to help with this task.
Sorting & Disposal Crew
September & October
"Sorters" are needed from just after Labour Day until the week leading up to the sale weekend. The main task of the sorter is to examine incoming donations, categorize, and then move items to the appropriate locations at the sale site. You must attend a mandatory training session in the first week of September, whether you are a new or returning volunteer.
Disposal crew are responsible for moving items that are unsuitable for the sale to the designated disposal areas on the sale sate. Interested volunteers must attend a voluntary training session in the first week of September.
August & September
Help us advertise the sale by delivering postcards and posters to designated areas around town. Our publicity coordinator will set up a time to pick up the posters and postcards at the sale site.
Children's & Young Adult Area
September & October
Do you have a special interest in children's and young adult literature? Could you help with the pre-sale sorting and/or the sale weekend in this special area? Pre-sale sorting of donations takes place from just after Labour Day until mid-October. The sale weekend will need a team of energetic people who will help our youngest shoppers find good books and good bargains.
End of October
There are 6 shifts over the 3 days of the sale weekend. We need volunteers who can handle cash, tally customer purchases, monitor the doors, sale tables and floor. Prior to the sale weekend you must attend one mandatory training session. You should sign up for only ONE task per shift, but you can sign up for several shifts over the course of the weekend. The sale coordinators make every effort to assign you to the task you'd like to do, but may need to move you to a task that is under-subscribed but urgently needed.
To read a description of SALE WEEKEND TASKS from the 2017 training manual, please click here.
The week following the sale
It ain't over 'til it's over! We need strong people in the four or five days following the sale to help box up left-overs, get the site tidied up, and move our tables, chairs and sale site paraphernalia back to winter storage.