Book donations + volunteer hours = book sales

By Stephanie Trout

In the spirit of back-to-school season, the Friends of the Trone Memorial Library would like to share our favorite equation with everyone. Did that word “equation” stir up memories of algebra class? Don’t worry, we’re not here to figure out that mysterious “x” or its friend “y”. In our world, Book Donations + Volunteer Hours = Book Sales!

Let’s first talk about BOOK DONATIONS. Did you know that the Trone Memorial Library in East Berlin accepts donations of gently used books? We accept hardback and paperback copies of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books. You can give new life to your used books by dropping them off at the front desk during library hours. Not only do you get to clear space on your shelves for new books, but your donations help us raise funds for the library.

The second part of the equation, VOLUNTEERS are at the heart of the Friends group and the Trone Memorial Library bookstore. Wait a second, did that just say bookSTORE? That’s right! The Trone Memorial Library has a bookstore on the lower level. Our volunteers stock the shelves with your donations and staff the bookstore Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for you to shop.

If you love books and are looking for a fun way to give back to the community, please consider joining our volunteer team. We work in 2-hour shifts (10 am-12 pm and 12 pm-2 pm) and are happy to have you join us for as many hours as you are available. By working together and presenting creative ideas, our volunteers have helped revitalize the bookstore this year. The more the merrier, so if you’d like to join this wonderful group of bookworms, please email for more information.

BOOK SALES are the perfect way to stock up on your favorites or discover new authors and topics of interest. Every month, the Trone Memorial Library bookstore runs a different book sale. These sales allow us to highlight different genres, celebrate holidays, and spoil our customers. If you’ve never visited our bookstore, you’ll be delighted to find over 6,000 books neatly organized so you can enjoy shopping. Regular pricing is $1 for adult paperbacks and $2 for adult hardbacks. Children’s paperbacks are 0.50, and hardbacks are $1.00. During our sales, we sweeten the deals!

Our next book sale is coming up right after Labor Day. September 6th – 8th, all books will be “Buy 2, Get 1 Free”. September 9th, you can fill a bag with adult or children’s books for $10.

The deals don’t end there. In October, we will have our fall clearance sale, when a large selection of books will be 50% off.

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We close the year by offering 25% off your entire purchase in November and December.  

There are many ways you can help support the Trone Memorial Library. Which part of the equation would you like to be part of? Whether you’re donating books, volunteering your time, or shopping in our store, we appreciate your efforts. We hope to see you soon at the Trone Memorial Library!

To stay up to date with the Trone Memorial Library Bookstore, visit our Facebook page ( While you’re there, please be sure to like our page and share it with your friends.

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