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Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
Hyde Park Used Book Sale


2016 10th Annual Sale, Managed by HPKCC

Saturday, October 8, 9:00 to 6:00
Sunday, October 9, 9:00 to 6:00
Monday, October 10, 9:00 to 2:00

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PATRONAGE IN 2017, starting with book collection mid-August- first Sunday in October in Treasure Island lower level. 2017 sale is October 7,8, 9
About the past 2016 sale and "thank you."

Chairs: Jane Ciacci and George Davis.

The annual Hyde Used Book Sale is held on Columbus Day weekend at the 55th and Lake Park Shopping Center. The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference assumed responsibility for the sale in 2007 in order to maintain this Hyde Park tradition (it was previously run for about 50 years by the Hyde Park Co-op staff and volunteers). HPKCC is fortunate to enjoy the sponsorship and support of Treasure Island Foods, which provides a room for sorting and a central collection point for books.

Please address all questions about the book sale to Jane Ciacci, or
(773) 419-1384. View release
for more information. Printable flyer.

Thank you!

I'm happy to report that the volunteers who make the annual Used Book Sale work every year have survived another year, thanks to beautiful weather and tons of customers.

For those who always wonder where the money from the Garden Fair and the Book Sale goes, last fiscal year HPKCC donated $9,200 to community groups (CECD, HPHS, SECC, 4th on 53rd Parade, Blackstone Library, and several others), $3,880 to parks (Nichols, Spruce, Midway, Jackson, and others), and $5,780 to neighborhood schools (including Ray, Brett Harte, Shoesmith, Murray, Ariel, King, Kenwood, and others). That's $18,860 put back into our community.

And remember that no book goes to waste. After we spent Monday morning giving free books to instructors at Cook County Jail, to teachers from area schools, and to various nonprofits, the remainder were loaded onto a truck for distribution by literacy programs in northwestern Indiana.

Where do we get the books?

All books are donated, beginning the middle of August. Many long-time loyal customers enjoy culling their books every summer to make donations, and then shopping the sale to fill the gaps. The sale typically offers 30,000+ books in over 50 subject areas, for sale at very affordable prices (most from 50 cents to $2).

We cannot accept multi-volume encyclopedias (except complete runs of the 13th Edition of Britannica). Nor can we accept any magazines (except National Geographic and Poetry Magazine) or scholarly journals. Anything that we receive that is out of scope will be recycled before the sale. We request that all donations be in readable condition. We are usually able to pick up donations that cannot be brought to Treasure Island; call or email for information. 

Who does the work?

The Book Sale is managed by a dedicated committee of HPKCC members and a paid manager.  Numerous volunteers do the sorting from mid-August to early October, and work the sale, adding up purchases, staffing the cashier’s desk, and keeping the sales floor neat.  Paid staff do the heavy lifting at the sale. We are always looking for new volunteers!

What happens after the sale?

Organizations such as churches, nursing homes, shelters, schools, or hospitals that would be interested in receiving free books (and would be able to come and take them away on Monday) are asked to call (773) 419-1384 or email well before the sale.

Where does the money go?

The Book Sale is currently the major fundraising activity for HPKCC. In the past fiscal year, the Conference financially supported schools, parks, and neighborhood activities in the amount of $19,000:

  • Grants for Neighborhood Enhancement through the South East Chicago Commission
  • "Finisher Supporter" for the 2016 Ray School Walk-a-Thon
  • Grants to Kenwood Academy, Ariel, Murray, Shoesmith, Bret Harte, and King College Prep
  • Grants to start Park Advisory Councils in Spruce, Harold Washington, Midway, Stout, and other neighborhood parks
  • Programs of the Friends of Blackstone Library (including volunteers helping the Blackstone Library used book sale)
  • 4th of July Parade sponsor
  • Maintenance and plantings in Nichols Park and Spruce Park gardens
  • Helped finance an affordable housing market survey by CECD
  • Supported Growing Home
  • Gave a grant to the Hyde Park Historical Society oral history project
  • Help fund outdoor cooking facilites for DARE (Disabled Adults)

In prior years, the Conference has also approved a grant of $1,000 to Kozminski Community School to buy books for the library, helped teachers buy supplies, promoted the Whistlestop safety program, and sponsored forums on aldermanic elections and other issues.

We look forward to seeing you at the sale!


Programs of the Conference

Book Sale Sorting Team


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