The annual Labor Day Book Sale held by the Decatur Friends of the Library is being postponed it was announced today by President Faith Vaught. Ms. Vaught said it was very disappointing to have to do this since they were not able to hold the sale last year because of the pandemic. “We had definitely planned on holding the sale this year and had everything ready to go, but we decided that for health reasons and for the safety of the community, we should not take the risk.”
Ms. Vaught said that at this time they are postponing the sale and not cancelling it in hopes that the health conditions will improve to the point that in a few months the sale could be held in a safe environment.
The sale is held annually over Labor Day weekend at the Decatur Civic Center. Faith stated that since the sale was not held last year that they estimated that they have 80 to 90 thousand used books in storage that would have been available for this years sale. “We know that many people look forward to this annual event and we were excited to hold the sale since we didn’t have it last year, but we didn’t want to indirectly be the cause of spreading the virus,” Ms. Vaught added. “We were planning on having everyone wear masks, but the health department encouraged us to have people socially distance. Anyone who has ever attended the Labor Day Sale knows that social distancing is not possible at this event. So we felt we had to act in the best interests of the community.”
Proceeds from the annual sale support programs at the library. Ms. Vaught indicated that they are selling some books to a used book buying company so that they should be able to fund programs at the library this year, hopefully with no major restrictions in funding.