In March, thousands of used books for a quarterly book sale were destroyed by a black mold and mildew outbreak in the basement of the Deschutes Public Library system’s administrative building. Four months later, the sale has returned in a new location after the nonprofit organization nearly tripled its book inventory due to donations.
The Friends of the Bend Libraries, the nonprofit organization that hosts the quarterly book sale, announced in a press release Monday that it will host a book sale on July 20 and 21 after canceling its previous sale in April. The new location will be at a modular classroom at Ponderosa Elementary School in northeast Bend. Some of the sale proceeds support the Deschutes Public Library.
The nonprofit organization received donations of about 14,000 books and more than 1,700 DVDs and CDs since April 10, the release stated — a much higher total than the 5,000 to 6,000 books that were destroyed by black mold and mildew.
The book sale will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 20 and from noon to 4 p.m. on July 21. Friends of the Bend Libraries members can start purchasing items before everyone else, starting at 9 a.m. on July 20.