Books for Friends (BFF), a used bookshop that supports the Alameda Free Library, celebrated its grand opening on June 23-25. BFF is led and managed by volunteers from Friends of the Alameda Free Library (FAL) and is located across from Dewey’s Friends Cafe in the main library. BFF quietly opened in March and we wanted to give it the kick-off it deserves.
“It was important for FAL to drive greater public awareness to our amazing bookshop which is conveniently located inside the Main Library, but in a tucked-away location. We’d love it if every library patron visited BFF every time they visit the library. Not only can patrons find a great selection of well-priced books, but all purchases directly support the library,” said Library Director Jane Chisaki. “We’d like to thank Jane Chisaki and the library staff for co-marketing the grand opening event,” said Serena Hom, the FAL volunteer who spearheaded the grand opening campaign.
Philip Barry, the curator of Books for Friends, said, “The response from the community and library staff has been overwhelmingly positive. I hope we have added value to our shared Alameda culture and that this little shop will thrive and grow for many years to come to the benefit of all. Thank you to all the donors, volunteers, patrons and to the library for making this possible. Read on!”
The final day of the grand opening was especially festive with refreshments, music, special offers and the Summer Pop-Up sale! Books for Friends saw a three-fold increase in sales during the grand opening with a lot of new visitors and repeat ones alike.
FAL would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us at the grand opening and congratulate the drawing winners who will receive a $20 gift certificate for a future purchase at BFF: Geoff Collins, Karen Oliver, Lynn Lebo-Planas, Lindsey Paterson, and Max Perez.