Book sale seeks to support Dickinson Area Public Library

The Friends of the Library charity organization will host a book sale Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Dickinson Area Public Library.

The Twice Sold Tales non-profit bookstore in Dickinson has a vast selection of fiction books, including romance, western, children's and young adult novels. They also have non-fiction such as military history, biographies, cookbooks and magazines. (Jason O'Day / The Dickinson Press)

A group of volunteers are looking for community support in the upcoming one-day only Used Book Sale as a way to help benefit the Dickinson Area Public Library and its programs.

Friends of the Library, a volunteer group that operates the nonprofit bookstore Twice Sold Tales, will host the “$5 to Fill a Bag” Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the Community Room at the Dickinson Area Public Library. Additionally, all books at the Twice Sold Tales bookstore will be half price during that time. The bookstore is located at 128 Second St. W. — a short walk from the library.

Friends of the Library volunteer Starla Hecker said all proceeds will benefit the library.

“We raise money for the programs at the library that have to do with the kids. Like if there’s a summer or winter reading program, we supply prizes and all the little stuff they need to run their programs," Hecker said. "It’s kind of like what they don’t have money for in their budget, Friends of the Library kicks in from this bookstore. People around town shop here. They also clean out their closets and bring books to us. So this is what we live on, is people’s donations. It is completely run by volunteers.”

Friends of the Library includes a staff of 20 volunteers and 15 backups who work at the bookstore in three-hour shifts. There are plenty of open shifts and Hecker said she would love to have more volunteers. She explained that for the volunteers, the meaning of the group’s name is two-fold.


“They also have their partner that they always work with. We have some friends that sit and do puzzles together. Some play cards together, some knit or crochet. So it’s kind of like a cool, laid back little place. Then there’s always people coming in (and) looking; you help them find books,” she said.

Twice Sold Tales is somewhat of a hidden gem in Dickinson, Hecker added.

“There’s a lot of people in this town who still don’t know about this place," she said.

The store keeps the books organized by title and genre. New books are scanned into the store's digital inventory. Sometimes the store receives more than three or four copies of one title, Hecker said. Any surplus is sent to a national clearinghouse for books called One Book World, which pays a 15% consignment.

Hecker encourages members of the community to save Family Fare receipts for the bookstore. For every $150,000 in receipts collected, Family Fare will donate $1,000 to the Makerspace youth robotics program.

Hecker said Twice Sold Tales is a special place.

“All the volunteers and I are very attached to this little house. It’s kind of like our little happy place. Because if you love books, you love to see people find the books that they like and have their eyes light up when they find one that they’ve been searching for. It just kind of makes your day,” she said.

In addition to her volunteer work at the bookstore, Hecker is a part-time kindergarten teacher’s aid at Lincoln Elementary School in Dickinson.


“I’m still in kindergarten, so I must not have learned anything yet,” she said.

For those who have other questions about the book sale or would like to learn more about Friends of the Library volunteerism efforts, call Twice Sold Tales at 701-456-7830.

For every $150,000 in receipts collected by the bookstore, Family Fare will donate $1,000 to the Spacemaker STEAM program. (Jason O'Day / The Dickinson Press)

Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge. His reporting focuses on Stark County government and surrounding rural communities.
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