When the doors open Thursday night for the members’ preview of the Friends of Rosenberg Library’s annual used book sale, it’s a safe bet that some of Galveston County’s most avid cooks will be heading straight for the cookbook section.
“Opening night is so much fun,” book sale chairwoman Trish McDaniel said. “It always tickles me to see people pour in and look for their favorite special section.”
Cookbooks are always one of the most diverse sections of the book sale, with offerings ranging from the newest trends in cooking to the classics. In addition to generations of chefs from Julia Child to Rachel Ray, cookbooks from every region of the country and almost every cuisine in the world are offered at the sale.
“We actually have two great shelves of community cookbooks, one from local organizations, and another for community cookbooks from elsewhere, including some of the ever-popular Junior League cookbooks,” Friends of the Library President Cheryl Jenkines said.
While many of the books are pristine, some are enhanced by notes from the cooks who have used them, as they recorded the modifications that made the recipes exceptional. One cookbook for college students contains extra maternal advice in the margins of several recipes, and other cookbooks mark the standout recipes.
The cookbooks are only a small part of the annual sale, which offers books of many b-genres as well as recordings, DVDs and other media. “As usual, the sale is an amazing source of Texana, much of it donated by serious collectors,’ Jenkines said.
Books about the high seas are also plentiful.
“We have a new section this year, ‘All Things Nautical,’ where we’ve gathered fiction and nonfiction and put together all the books about sailing and related topics,” volunteer Susan Syler said. “There are lots of books about people doing incredible sailing adventures.”
Another new grouping brings together biographies, memoirs and autobiographies. “We call the new section “Life Stories,” where we’ve grouped the formats together instead of having them on separate tables,” McDaniel explained.
The members-only preview sale begins at 5 p.m., Oct. 5, and continues until 8 p.m. “This is the second year to hold the preview sale on a Thursday evening,” McDaniel said. “We used to have it on Friday nights, but there’s so much going on in Galveston every weekend that we moved the whole sale forward a day.”
Memberships to Friends of the Rosenberg Library can be purchased at the door, and are offered at various levels of donation beginning at $10 for students. “We’ve enhanced membership perks to include a personal tour of the library for the “Close Friends” level,” McDaniel said. The sale opens to the public on Oct. 6 and runs from noon to 6 p.m. Froday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
“All the proceeds of the book sale go to Rosenberg Library to purchase new books and other circulating materials,” Jenkines said. “The books don’t stop here; even the books that aren’t sold benefit the community, as we donate them to a number of organizations.”
Patrons of the book sale will use the 23rd Street entrance to the library.