Once a month, members of a library support group hold a two-day book sale to raise money.
When the sale is over, volunteers sort the remaining books, giving some away and saving others for future sales.
The unneeded books are donated to several nonprofits, including one that sends books to military personnel serving overseas.
The sales have been going well, said Carol Biscardi, president of the Friends of the Quarryville Library. The figures for the most recent sale, held Saturday, January 19, and Tuesday, January 22, are not final, but the group averages $800 to $900 for each sale. That's all profit because the books are donated and volunteers run the sales.
"This was a blowout sale. Almost everything was $1 and you can't beat that price," she said.
"If it weren't for the monthly book sales, we wouldn't get the money we do," Biscardi said. The group donates about $14,000 to the library every year.
Donation of used books has picked up since December. "I don't know if it was the Christmas spirit or if people are cleaning out, but we've been getting a lot of really nice books," she said. "We get a lot of inspirational books, a lot of novels, and quite a few children's books."
The newest books, printed in 2015 and later, are sold through the volunteer-operated book store in the library's lobby.
"We have more people staffing the store now and it's open more often than it has been," Biscardi said.
Hardbound books printed in the past 10 years are offered in the library's Pennington Room during the monthly book sale. Older hardbound books and most paperbacks are displayed on shelves in the library's lobby and are available for sale whenever the library is open.
The group now has about 18 members.
The group also sells higher value books through its account with Amazon.
"Five of us meet weekly to see what we should offer through Amazon," Biscardi said. "We put anything with a value of $15 or more on that site and we make between $200 and $300 a month doing that."
The Friends also donate books to several organizations.
Every month they send paperbacks to American troops, most of whom are serving overseas. Since 2015, the group has provided more than 1,000 books to service members.
"We will get the name of a specific person and the genre that person wants so the books are suited to an individual," Biscardi said. "And they have told us they share these books when they show up."
The group is also providing books to the Allegheny County Prison near Pittsburgh.
"A fellow came to the book sale and asked if we would do that. This is our first time sending books to that prison, and we hope we are able to do it more often," Biscardi said. "We hope this is the start of an association that will last a while."
In the past, the Friends have also provided books to Lancaster County Prison.
Books also go to the Mennonite Central Committee.
"They want inspirational books and we have a lot of them," Biscardi said. MCC then sells those books through their outlets and keeps the income.
Books that are too worn to be sold also go to MCC to be recycled.
"Before they began doing this, we put those books in drop boxes and we never knew where that money went," Biscardi said.