Adrian branch library plans huge book sale Friday, Saturday

ADRIAN -- As the community of Adrian celebrates its annual Christmas in July festival this Friday and Saturday, the area's book lovers will find that Christmas has indeed come early for them.

ADRIAN -- As the community of Adrian celebrates its annual Christmas in July festival this Friday and Saturday, the area’s book lovers will find that Christmas has indeed come early for them.

In conjunction with the festival, the Adrian branch of the Nobles County Library will host a two-day book sale of significant proportions. Approximately 4,000 titles will be needed to be weeded from its collection prior to a renovation of the library’s interior this fall. Prices will be cheap, and Branch Librarian Meredith Vaselaar said additional deals may be offered for those who buy in quantity.

Vaselaar said there were about 10,000 items in the library’s collection when she began working there in 1990. Over the years, far more titles were added than removed.

“It’s kind of my fault -- I take full ownership,” Vaselaar said. “Things kind of grew with donations and the collection grew and I thought, why not have what we can fit on the shelves? And then we started getting more shelves in. It sort of outgrew itself and got away from me.

“As we look to renovate the space, making it more user-friendly and bringing it up to the 21st century and best serving our patrons with their many needs -- and keeping in mind that there are building codes and rules and ADA things that need to be met -- we need to go back to what this building was originally designed for, which is 10,000 (items),” she added.


All of the money raised from the book sale will be used to purchase books or materials to update the collection.

The size of the book sale is so great, it was moved off-site. New Vision Cooperative offered space in its building at 100 First St., located at the corner of Maine Avenue and First Street, about one and a half blocks north of the library.

“We have writers that have written 20, 30, 40 books in a series,” Vaselaar said. “We had four shelves of James Patterson, we had four or five of John Sandford, at least five between J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts alone. We just can’t justify that.”

Vaselaar said readers will still be able to get library books, even though they may not be on a shelf at the Adrian branch library. The facility shares books with the main Nobles County library in Worthington, as well as with other libraries through the Plum Creek Library System.

“We can get books for patrons in a day or two,” she said.

There were specific guidelines for weeding books from the collection. Vaselaar said staff looks at the book’s condition, whether it has been checked out or how long it’s been sitting on the shelf.

“With non-fiction, some things go out of style,” Vaselaar said, noting that there will be a lot of cookbooks on the book sale, while historical cookbooks, including the Dorthy Rickers cookbook, will stay on the library’s book shelf.

Numerous children’s books will also be on the sale, as Vaselaar said the library’s children’s section needs to be updated.


“Once we move back into the renovated space it will just be a fresher collection,” she said. “It will be much easier for people to reach books. We had books on the top shelves that weren’t accessible.

“This is a very good thing -- it needs to be done,” she added. “We are going to have the book sale of a lifetime.”

The book sale is planned from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Because there isn’t enough space to put out all of the titles at once, Vaselaar encourages people to stop back often during the two-day sale. In addition to the used books, copies of the locally published Adrian 125th and Gold Star Boys books will be available for sale.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the sale. Anyone who is interested may stop at the library, call Meredith at (507) 483-2541 or email her at to volunteer. Set-up will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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