Melick Library’s annual sale

Eureka College’s Melick Library, located at the corner of College Avenue and Darst Street, will hold its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5 during the college’s homecoming activities.

Hardcover books will cost $1, and paperbacks will cost 50 cents. A $1-a-bag sale will begin at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5.

There will be a large mix of fiction and non-fiction genres for sale, with the areas of the sciences, history, religion, art and literature well-represented. “This is the largest sale in recent years,” said Public Services Librarian Kelly Fisher. “The library conducted a thorough review this summer, selecting hundreds of titles from the collection. These books, representing all academic disciplines, will be available.”

The library is accepting donations of gently used books and audio-visual materials for the sale. Items in bags or boxes labeled “book sale” may be dropped off at the circulation desk.

Sometimes book sale donations end up in the library collection, according to Library Director and College Archivist Anthony Glass.

“We screen book sale donations because sometimes people don’t realize that what they are donating actually is of value for inclusion in the college’s collection,” Glass said. The library welcomes donations of books and historical materials for its archives throughout the year. Recently the estate of Charles Z. Wick of Los Angeles, who was director of the United States Information Agency during President Reagan’s two terms, gave 500 books to the college. Other individuals have donated Eureka College-related historical materials that have been in their families for years.

For more information, contact Fisher at or (309) 467-6892.