Life magazines head book sale

Adam Larck
Some of the older Life magazines that the Eureka Library will be selling on Sept. 20-21.

Some rare Life magazines will soon be on sale at the Eureka Library.

The library will host its annual book sale Sept. 20-21, with the Friends of the Library pre-sale from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 18 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19.

Besides selling donated books and older books from collections, the library will be selling Life magazines dating back to 1936.

"This was a terribly hard decision because this is a piece of our culture," library director Nancy Scott said. "People enjoy just looking. You might not even know what happened in 1936 in December, but just to see the advertisement and pictures, just to feel the magazine, is really a rare treat. But, we are spatially challenged, and they are too fragile to circulate. We don't have a place to store them anymore."

Scott added that patrons may be more interested in the date than in the content.

"Our thinking is that there might be a week that is very special, a milestone in your family, and that might be the edition that you want to purchase as a commemorative edition," she said.

Ann Reeves, the associate director of adult programming, said that she even found the magazine for the year and month her son was born in.

While there may be some other children's magazines available, the oldest magazines will definitely be the Life magazines according to Reeves.

Selling prices for the magazines are still being set.

"If its an important issue as far as American history, obviously it will sell for more," Scott said. "But, I can tell you that the Dec. 21, 1936, issue is going to sell for more than its original 10 cent value."

The 1936 issue is the oldest that Reeves has found in the library, as well as the oldest one that has ever been recorded of being in the library.

The decision was made to sell the magazines to free up space and to disassociate the library from having Life magazines.

"We no longer get the Life magazines, and haven't for a couple of years," Reeves said. "What we're basically doing is discontinuing our association with the record that other libraries assume we have these."

In addition to selling books and magazines, there will also be some technology and shelving being sold as well.

While most of the money will go toward the library wish list, Scott added that money made from books sold will go back into the budget to buy new books.

One of the biggest contributors the Eureka Library has is its Friends of the Library program. “The Friends offer support to the library, both monetary and volunteer support,” library director Nancy Scott said. “From the money that is raised from these projects, they’re able to help us with our wish list — things that are practical and useful and needed at the library, but are out of reach with our general budget.” The last purchase the Friends made for the library was an oak table and chairs for the seminar room. In addition to purchasing items for the library, the Friends also volunteer to help with events, such as typing recipes in for the cookbook or working the upcoming book sale. Members of the Friends program also get a few benefits, such as the yearly gift. “One of the benefits of being a Friend of the Library, other than the goodwill that it creates, is that Friends always have the sneak preview and pre-sale,” Scott said. Currently, there are about 75 members of the program. New membership costs $15 to join.

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