Friends of Pleasanton Library host a book and media sale during Memorial Day weekend


Emma Ka

Shoppers browse and peruse books at a cheap price, taking in the atmosphere of a used book sale.

Emma Ka, Staff Writer

This Memorial Day weekend, the Friends of the Pleasanton Library is hosting a book and media sale from May 26th to 29th. On Thursday, it will last from 2 pm to 7 pm, on Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm, and on Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. 

The sale offers a variety of books, DVDs, and CDs for readers or listeners of all ages. 

“The collection was larger than I expected, and they even had a games section. I’m glad to see so many people coming together to support our community,” said Handson Li (‘23)

The sale will feature a vast range of books all organized into designated sections. Interesting genres include psychology, gardening, and philosophy, along with the basics such as romance, mystery, and science fiction. Additionally, the prices were very affordable, with hardbacks, DVDs, and CDCs at only $1 and paperbacks at $0.50. 

“I came here to primarily check out the fiction section, but ended up spending time at the references as well, which included textbooks, dictionaries, atlases, and maps,” said an anonymous buyer.

This fundraising event is organized to raise money to directly fund the library’s resources including materials and furnishings, which there is no provision for in the grant the library receives. The money will directly go towards the purchase of new books, shelves, chairs and sofas, and computer stations.

“Right now, our main upcoming activity is the Children’s Summer Reading Program, which encourages kids and teens to read more often by tracking their hours to win prizes. We also host camp games, craft sections, and storytimes for participants every week, all of which require funding,” said a member of the Friends of the Pleasanton Library.

The Friends of the Pleasanton Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the services of the public library to promote its facilities to the community. They fulfill this goal through hosting memberships, free performances by local artists, biannual book sales, and even an online shop. 

“We have a team of volunteers that go through all the donations to ensure they’re in pristine, almost-new condition for buyers,” said an organizer of the sale

All the books, DVDs, and CDs are donations from the local Pleasanton community, which can be made any time at the library. In order to make this event possible, volunteers are responsible for a variety of tasks including setting up, unpacking, and processing donations, shelving books, and handling sales. You can find more information about the event on the library website.