The 2017 Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale – held June 1-4 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds – lived up to its name by bringing in a big “catch” of more than $70,000. These funds will help support Jefferson County Public Library programs such as STEM/STEAM, Summer Reading and Early Childhood Literacy. In addition to book sales, the event netted another $1,700 in Friends memberships and renewals.

“We were thrilled that so many people came to this year’s spring sale,” said Jenaveve Linabary, Office Manager for the Jefferson County Library Foundation. “We counted nearly 4,500 individuals total who joined us for the Friends-only Preview Night and throughout the following three days of the sale.”

In addition to this crew of happy book lovers, the Whale of a Used Book Sale was supported by a whole flotilla of sponsors: Westerra Credit Union, Bandimere Speedway, Pinkard Construction, The Book Stop, Stevinson Toyota West, Bean Fosters, and Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners.

We were also grateful to these in-kind supporters who helped to provide food and beverages for our volunteers and for guests at the Friends Preview Night: Chick-fil-A, Olive Garden, Modern Market, Pepsi Bottling Company, Good Times Restaurants, Einstein Bagels, Macaroni Grill, Starbucks, Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza, King Soopers, and Safeway.

We want to send a big shout out to our faithful volunteers and to the hardworking Foundation staff who helped us produce this year’s event.

Thank you!