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Indy Library Store and the Book Sale Returns!


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Thank you so much for your support of literacy and education through the Indianapolis Public Library Store and Library Foundation!

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Any time you create something new—whether it’s writing a novel, painting a picture, or inventing a new recipe—you always wonder how will others receive it? Will readers understand the point? Will viewers appreciate my technique? Will family and friends enjoy the mixture of tastes and textures?

Creating something new, especially when the old is dearly loved, is exciting and terrifying. So believe me when I say creating a new public sale format for Indy Library Store often kept the staff here awake at night. But the time is here. The time is now! Indy Library Store is officially back—and we look forward to serving you again! Just know that it will be different—and different is OK—amazing even.

What’s changed?

In this case, the most important thing may be what hasn’t changed. Your purchases still support the literacy and educational efforts of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and The Indianapolis Public Library. You are still giving back to your community even as you fill your bags with fabulous new-to-you reads, music, and movies.

However, in the past our book sales have been Show Up Events, with shoppers like you filling the aisles and jostling each other as you shop. There often wasn’t space for everyone in the room to breathe deeply at the same time. They were a blast!

But they were also intimidating to many. So, when COVID-19 made us examine our processes in new ways, we started to get excited about the possibilities!

Don’t Show Up, Instead Sign Up!

Reality is, at least for now, we're saying “good-bye” to our traditional Show Up Book Sales and “hello!” to Sign Up Book Sales. Using the super-easy, internet-based tool Sign-up Genius (there’s even an app), you can now sign up to attend a two-hour shopping session at Indy Library Store—and not have to worry about rubbing shoulders with other shoppers.

Each two-hour session will host only 10 people and all of your favorite Indy Library Store attractions (Miriam’s Corner, Half-Price Day, $7 Bag Day, etc.) will still be available. The sale will be held September 25-September 30, 2020.

Caveat: Since only 10 people can shop during each session, you’ll need to decide what’s most important to you—best selection or best price—because you can only sign up for one session. But either way, you win!

Why just one? Since the store’s been closed to the public since January 2020’s sale, we’re expecting demand to be high. In fairness to all, we’re limiting people to one session. But you won’t want to delay in signing up, because the number of sessions is also limited and expected to go fast. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

In addition to the change in format, there are some rules you need to be aware of:

  • Covid-19 safety: All patrons, staff, and volunteers in the store will be required to wear face masks appropriately and be aware of social distancing. Of course, if you’re not feeling well, please stay home. We will also have disinfectant available for use when you arrive and throughout your stay and signage to help with social distancing.
  • How to shop: We request that one person shop for their entire family. One sign-up = one person. You may not bring others with you. During your two-hour session, you may take bags to your car and return.
  • Age requirement: Shoppers must be 13 or older and able to social distance on their own.

We’re pretty excited about this new opportunity and hope you are as well.

Sign-ups will open on Tuesday, September 15, at 8 a.m. All sign-ups are first-come, first-served. *All of the slots for the Indy Library Store Sale are currently full due to overwhelming demand* Once you sign up for a session, you’ll automatically receive full information on how the new sale format will work. Be sure to read the document.

Now let’s sign up! The access code is “BookSale!”