Friends of the Library and the Future of Booksales

Presented Live: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

As libraries began to reopen or develop reopening plans, how can Friends of the Library groups reimagine their booksales? How will accepting book donations and conducting sales change? Join a panel of speakers who will discuss how they are rethinking booksales, fundraising, and events.


Martha Gill, Friends of Tennessee Libraries and Friends of the Knox County Public Library
Martha is a past president of Friends of Tennessee Libraries and past president of Friends of the Knox County Public Library. She is currently newsletter editor for both groups as well as the Friends of Tennessee Libraries Facebook page editor.

Karen Curtin, President, Friends of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Public Library
Karen is a Director of The Walking Classroom, and a member of the Board Audit Committee for Carolina Friends School. She was former Lead Director and Non-Executive Board Chair of Electro Rent Corporation, and from 1998 through 2002 she served as Executive Vice President for Bank of America in Chicago.

Gretchen Roberts, Director of Philanthropy - Marketing, Events and Book Sales, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
Gretchen’s work includes executing large book sales, the Booklovers Ball (an annual 700-person gala) and smaller stewardship and cultivation events throughout the year. She leads the used book operations team where they sort and sell donated and weeded books online, in the Red Chair Bookshop, and at rare book auctions.