Our spring book sale begins April 10th with a special discount for members.
50% OFF for members only on “Members’ First Choice” Sale Day, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Not a FOPL member? Join FOPL on the day of the sale (or anytime) and receive the discount! Annual membership starts at $25 ($15 for full-time student/senior 65+).
And for all book lovers:
30% OFF – Friday, April 11, 2014
40% OFF – Saturday, April 12, 2014
50% OFF – Sunday, April 13, 2014
Most of the store’s 17,000 books are $3-$6.
Hours: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm each day during the sale.
The Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington St. in Old Oakland, is operated by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. (510) 444-0473.
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The Japan Diaries of Richard Gordon Smith (edited by Victoria Manthorpe). I picked up this hefty book because I like diaries. This is some diary! Mr. Smith, born in 1858 in England, was a world traveler for 20 years. He first went to Japan at the end of 1898 – these diaries start from then and continue until 1907. Except for his first visit, when he was basically a tourist, he rented houses and tried to experience “old” Japan. He was a big game hunter, but he also collected samples, especially fish, for Natural History Museums. He became an aficionado and collector of Japanese art and Japanese folktales. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs and his sketches, and he even commissioned original art when needed. This is a British publication and the listed price on the dust jacket is £14.95 – I bought it for $6.00.
–Sheila McCormick, FOPL Board Member
FOPL Bookmark Bookstore Manager Job Description
The Bookmark Bookstore, located at 721 Washington Street in Oakland California, is a non-profit, used bookstore run by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. The Bookmark carries a wide selection of titles, from the latest best-sellers to hard-to-find out-of-print editions. In addition to the wide selection of books, the Bookmark also maintains a smaller inventory of special books for online sale through Amazon.com. The Bookmark supports the mission of the Friends of the Oakland Public Library to advance the role of the Oakland Public Library as a vital community resource and as an institution critical to the culture, education, and welfare of our diverse community through the profits from sales. The Bookmark is a critical component of the FOPL’s membership program and serves as an important location for signing up and renewing members. The Bookmark provides a space where members and the public can interact with the all volunteer staff and learn about our mission.
Overview of Job Responsibilities
The Bookstore Manager is responsible for ensuring store goals are met through appropriate planning and organizing of staff, inventory, and expenses for short and long-term success. The successful Manager will have knowledge of retail bookstore operating procedures, budgeting, inventory management, pricing strategies, writing and planning skills, and basic accounting. In addition the manager should also have the ability to recruit, motivate, and lead a diverse all volunteer staff (50). The self-directed position reports to the Board of Directors for FOPL.
Business Development & Marketing
- Develop and implement a retail strategy to maximize the profits of the bookstore in support of FOPL’s mission
- Position the Bookmark for future successful operation
Operations & Customer Service
- Manage store operations including receiving, merchandising, stocking, and displaying merchandise
- Drive effective inventory management
- Maintain the stability and reputation of the store by complying with legal requirements, and providing a safe and friendly store environment
- Maintain the overall shop appearance by ensuring a well merchandised and clean environment as well as effective visual displays and layout
- Promote excellent customer service and Resolve customer issues associated with merchandise
- Ensure all staff is providing prompt, friendly, helpful service
- Develop pricing policies for merchandise; and ensure the store is profitable by increasing sales and keeping costs low
- Achieve financial objectives by preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions
- Oversee and conform with cash handling processes
- Recruit and maintain an all volunteer staff
- Create and maintain positive relations with volunteer staff members to ensure labor stability
- Train and schedule volunteers to achieve high customer satisfaction
- Contribute information for membership/customer communications on bookstore activities
- Prepare a variety of reports and correspondence
- Maintain professional and technical knowledge by establishing personal & professional networks
- Assist with other tasks as requested
- Retail sales and management experience, bookstore retail management experience preferred
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- Ability to manage and motivate a volunteer staff, experience leading a volunteer staff preferred
- Customer service oriented and able to work well with public
- Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Proficient in basic Accounting skills (record and bookkeeping)
- Proficient in accurate cash handling and security of deposits
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) as well use of the internet
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work some weekends and occasional holidays (schedule to be determined)
- Ability to work counter shifts
- Ability to lift and transport merchandise up to 40 pounds.
- Ability to perform basic cleaning duties including dusting, vacuuming, and mopping
- Interest and enthusiasm for FOPL mission and books preferred
- Salary, non-profit range, commensurate with experience
- Paid sick and holiday time
- Vacation time beginning at two weeks
Send Resume and Cover letter no later than January 24th to Job@FOPL.org
The Bookmark Bookstore and Friends of the Oakland Public Library thank our customers, donors and volunteers for their support all year. The store is open daily except on December 25 and January 1. Thank you for your patronage!
The.Oakland Public Library’s annual report is online at www.oaklandlibrary.org. The cover of this year’s report features images of the “Origami READ Wall”, a temporary installation mounted on the exterior of the Main Library to celebrate National Library Week, April 13-20, 2013. The origami pieces were created by children all over Oakland and assembled and installed in the Children’s Room by library staff and volunteers. Helen Bloch, a Children’s Librarian at Main, along with staff members Lisa Fung, Nancy Truong, Yen Luong and Marta Rodriguez created the design and oversaw the production of the exhibit, consisting of more than 1,000 origami pieces of varying shapes, sizes and colors. Sharon McKellar, Community Relations Librarian, captured images of the temporary exhibit on a perfect April morning. The full photo exhibit is online .
A grant from FOPL underwrites a portion of the costs of the Library’s annual report.
In 1997, I bought a 1st US edition of “The Adventures of Madalene and Louisa, Pages from the album of L. and M.S. Pasley, Victorian Entomologists”, for only $5 (it was originally priced $10, but was on the discounted shelf). This charming book was written and illustrated by two sisters, aged 11 and 12, in 1859. In it, they describe how they rebel against a governess who wants them to study arithmetic when they much prefer entomology. Their watercolors show aspects of their daily life (croquet games, boat rides), as well as their fantastical conquest of nearly human-sized beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars and dragonflies.
What are the chances I would have found this book by searching the internet? “Victorian entomologist” is not a query I would think to use.
Free parking and special discounts make this Friday a great time to visit the Bookmark Bookstore. On Friday, November 29th, the Bookmark is participating in Plaid Friday. Anyone wearing plaid is eligible for 20% off already low prices at the Bookmark.
Many other Old Oakland businesses and restaurants are also participating in Plaid Friday and there is free street parking!
The City of Oakland will offer free parking on Friday November 29, and every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Note: time limits enforced. Read more at the City of Oakland’s website.
Mary Roach, a local writer, has a new book out called Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. But there was a humorous version on the same topic long before.
In 2003, I bought a 1963 edition of the 1930 book Through the Alimentary Canal with Gun and Camera at The Bookmark (I paid $2, double the cover price!). This book itself was an elaboration of a talk that Robert Benchley, the early 20th century humorist, presented at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. Chappell’s book has chapter titles such as “Into the oral cavern” and “Great doings in the peritoneum” and cartoon illustrations such as “The one man sub with which I navigated the aorta” and “We shoot the rapids at the confluence of the gall and the spleen.”
– Sheila McCormick
No, not like Bridget Jones Diary (although that genre can also be found at The Bookmark).
I am referring instead to Flossie and Bossie about some chickens and their daily life. The narrator is Flossie, a scrawny chicken who is picked upon by another chicken, Bossie. The chickens refer to humans only as The Hands (that collect the eggs). Like most Chick Lit featuring humans, all ends well. Bossie needs help incubating her eggs, Flossie comes to the rescue, and by the end of the story they both come to appreciate the attributes of the other. I am not sure why I pulled this off the shelf, since the book had a non-descript spine and the dust jacket was missing, but I’m glad I did. A first edition, 1949; today Amazon is saying $69.99 – I paid $2.