For The Love Of Books

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:00 am

LMHS Schedules Annual Sale

It might be said that the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (LMHS) Bookworm Frolic has been giving area book lovers just about everything they could want for more than 30 years. The annual event features 40,000 books divided into 25 categories and special fill-a-box price deals on the last two days of the four-day event.

However, according to historical society used book manager David Sauder, who has been helping to organize the event for nearly 10 years, something was still missing. "This is our first year to have a tent," commented Sauder. "Everything located outside will be under the tent." The tent will protect books and bookworms from the elements, since the event will be held rain or shine. In addition, a few items will also be located inside the historical society at 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, where the Frolic is held. This year's sale will take place from Wednesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 19. The Frolic will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, except for Aug. 19, when the sale will close at 4 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 18, shoppers may purchase a box of books for one low price, and on Aug. 19, the price per box will be discounted even further. Boxes are provided by the historical society.

Because Sauder has so much experience organizing the event, he is acutely aware of which genres sell well at the Frolic. "The best sellers are history books, children's books, and religious books," said Sauder, who named Bibles, Christian fiction, classical literature, and biographies as other top sellers. Other categories of books that will be available for sale will include general fiction, family life, travel books, science and nature, and medical books. "We have a wonderful variety," said Sauder.

As part of the event on Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., local author Romaine Stauffer will discuss her new book "Loyalty Test," which is part of the continuing historical saga of prominent local bishop Christian Burkholder, who lived during the Revolutionary War.

Chicken barbecue meals including a quarter chicken, a baked potato, applesauce, a dinner roll, and water will be available for purchase at the Frolic only on Aug. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. Other food items that will be available for purchase throughout the Frolic will include hamburgers, hot dogs, garden sandwiches, ice cream, and pie. Sauder noted that a section of the tent will be set with tables for those who wish to eat on-site.

Sauder estimated that over the four-day span, approximately 3,000 people will visit the historical society grounds. A large number of volunteers are needed throughout the year to prepare for and staff the sale. "During the Frolic, at least 20 people a day volunteer," noted Joel Nofziger, director of communications for the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Sauder recalled that about 100 volunteers help to sort books, set them out for sale, and clean up when the event is over.

Nothing left over after the sale is put away for the next event or thrown away. All items are donated to be used for overseas missions to English-speaking countries or sold for recycling purposes.

All funds raised by the event become part of the general operating budget of the historical society.

Individuals who are interested in volunteering to sort books should call 717-393-9745. Readers who would like to learn more about the historical society may visit http://www.lmhs.org.

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