Check out today’s Book Lover! She is Natalie Newman who is a member of the lead volunteer team for Bookstock, which is Michigan’s largest used book sale. She really likes books and it’s probably one of the reasons she is volunteering for this big book sale.
Bookstock collects used books and CDs and other media to sell to the public. The 2019 sale starts Sunday and goes until April 14 at Laurel Park Place, 37700 W 6 Mile Road, in Livonia, Michigan. I hope you get the chance to go.
I went last year and wrote a review about it. It was so cool, especially because of their extremely low prices. I got to buy so many books, and I was amazed at how many books there were. It was like Reader’s Heaven!
This year Bookstock asked me to help them promote the sale. I said yes!! And I asked if I could interview one of their volunteers as a book lover.
Bookstock is giving me tickets to an early preview of the book sale. They also offered payment, but I suggested they donate it to their B.E.S.T. Awards to help Detroit Public School students. They promised they would.
For more information about Bookstock, go to their website. You can find out about all the events they are doing like teacher appreciation day and half-price day. Now, read about Natalie Newman. She is is one of 800 Bookstock volunteers:
Question: Why do you enjoy working for Bookstock?
Answer: Although I didn’t start Bookstock I became involved as a Day Chair many years ago. It was a great way of volunteering and helping my friends Roz Blanck and Jodi Goodman who spearheaded the sale 17 years ago.
Q: How does Bookstock work?
A: Every fall the Bookstock team sets up weekly collection sites and several Colossal Collections. As the books and media come in they get sorted into their various categories such as fiction, cookbooks and children’s. The books get moved to storage at Laurel Park Place in Livonia. The week before the sale tables are set up in the mall, the books and media are put out in their categories and then the sale can begin!
Q: It must be so much fun sorting out the books, do you ever want to keep some?
A: Oh definitely! There are such treasures to be found. Funny enough I always seem to come across the books I’ve donated during the year and think about buying them again!
Q: Will you have a diverse selection of children’s books?
A: We will definitely have a diverse selection of children’s books ranging from toddler board books to Young Adult. Anyone interested in these categories should try to get to the sale early. It is probably our busiest section!
Q: Who gets the money from the books you sell?
A: The proceeds of the sale go to many literacy and education projects in metro Detroit and beyond. An awesome project is the B.E.S.T. Awards. It is a writing contest for all 4th grade students in Detroit Public Schools Community District and DPSCD authorized charter schools. All students who enter will receive a $5 Bookstock Buck. The winners receive a cash prize for themselves, teacher and school!
Q: When did you first realize your love for reading?
A: I’ve always loved reading. I have two older brothers who loved sports and that wasn’t for me. I remember being transported to other worlds as I sat and read great stories such as Little Women.
Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could only bring three books, what would they be and why?
A: Does the Harry Potter series count as one? Let’s pretend they do. Then it would be Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and probably a fabulous cookbook so I can dream of the food I could be making.
Q: What was your favorite book when you were my age (elementary school)?
A: Little House on the Prairie – I love the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder!