Book Sale
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Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
Hyde Park Used Book Sale

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.

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).

The sale accepts usable books in all subjects, with some exceptions.  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?

The Book Sale Committee is always looking for ways to ensure that the books left over at the end of the sale can be donated for the benefit of others. If you know of 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) please call (773) 419-1384 well before the sale.

Where does the money go?

The Book Sale is currently the major fundraising activity for HPKCC. In October, 2014, the HPKCC board approved a grant of $1,000 to Kozminski Community School to buy books for the library. Another $2,000 was allocated to meet specific needs in neighborhood schools (such as helping teachers buy supplies). Another $1,700 was allocated to improving neighborhood parks, and $1,500 was devoted to improving the Whistestop program and working with the Hyde Park Herald on a program to document interaction between community residents (especially teenagers) and University of Chicago police. Additional funds will be devoted to sponsoring 4th and 5th Ward aldermanic forums, and promoting other activities of the Conference.

We look forward to seeing you at the sale!


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