Once again, the Friends of the Library have been told we must find a new home for the Giant Book Sale. The timing is particularly tight this time. We generally feel we must know we have space by the end of May, so we can begin to plan in earnest to start preparations in August.
The sale, by now, is enormous, which makes the search that much more difficult. For the past several years we have offered over 100,000 books and related items for sale over a three day period.
These are our needs:
We need the space to be donated. Profits are used to support the Guelph Public Library. If we had to pay rent, there would be no point in having the sale. We are a registered charity, and so can offer a tax receipt. If necessary, we could pay utilities. We are insured by the City, and we are very responsible tenants who clean up after ourselves.
The past two spaces we have used have been 25,000 sq ft and 30,000 sq ft respectively. A warehouse, accessible to the public with parking nearby works well. A loading dock, or other large-vehicle access such as a large overhead door is highly desirable.
In a perfect world, we would have access to the space for August, September and October. We could probably manage with just September and October.
This has become an iconic community event. We are hoping that, once again, a community member will come forward and make it possible.
Virginia Gillham, Chair
Friends of the Guelph Public Library