Thank you to VP Book Sales Peter Breckheimer for his diligent work, allowing us to give so much back to the Glendale Public Library! His detailed Excel charts show us exactly where we are relative to past years.
Please note – book sales are down while our bookstore is temporarily closed due to the Central Library renovation. We need more memberships to fulfill our financial commitment to the library for its Summer Reading Program, which encourages thousands of Glendale school-age kids each year to read. We also support other programs and services.
Here’s a short summary of Peter Breckheimer’s historical report:
Donated book sales have traditionally made up about half of our revenues. This year that percentage is lower as we had to close our Book Nook in Central Library. We are in the process of re-opening it, while continuing with our online and branch book sales.
We launched our donated book sales program in September 2005 when we opened the Book Nook. It expanded during the next two years to include online sales, big weekend sales, and branch book cart sales. From 2005 until 2009, we relied on consultants as managers, but since 2009 the bookstore has been an all-volunteer retail operation!
From 2005 to 2016, we’ve earned gross receipts of $271,932, which is an average of $2045 per month, or $24,535 per year. We do have expenses, mainly packaging and postage, for online sales.
And one of his book sales tracking charts, for our readers’ review:
We are still selling books online and at the branches. Thank you to the Pacific Park Branch Library, which has dedicated an entire room to donated book sales – check out the Book Nook II at that location!