As we mentioned in one of our previous posts, the preparation for our annual book sale is a year-round endeavour, supported by many dedicated volunteers. Friends of Victoria University Library gather together twice every week, nearly every month, in the basement of the E.J. Pratt Library to sort and price the treasures we receive from numerous donors.
Many donors drop off books and other treasures sold during the book sale at the library (if you are interested in donating, please refer to our web site for instructions). We are also able to coordinate scheduled pickups. Over the scope of every year, we get all kinds of calls from people with books to donate. We accept pick up requests usually from the beginning of March to the middle of August, when we begin to prepare for the book sale. Our dedicated volunteers, under the very capable leadership of Bill Moore, drive all over the Greater Toronto Area, to deliver boxes to the library for processing.
Bill has been part of the book sale for many years and has been in the role of book collection coordinator for four. He is responsible for following up with donors who have submitted requests for pickups, gathering their contact information, scheduling the actual pickup, and dispatching a volunteer who resides in the approximate vicinity of the residence of the donor. Over the years, we have built up a substantial number of volunteers in this category, and they are truly our unsung heroes.