Over the past six years, Melinda Reiter, president of Friends of the Manhattan Beach Library, has generated about $89,000 for the Manhattan Beach Library by selling donated books online.
Reiter estimates she’s mailed about 8,000 packages of books both nationally and internationally, all of which her husband has packed for her. She mainly sells donated books through eBay.
“I like the thrill of the big prices and watching bidders go higher and higher, even though it’s not my money,” Reiter laughed. “I don’t know what gave me the idea, aside from I just saw everyone else making money from selling books online and I said, ‘Why should they make the money? The library needs the money.’”
Last year alone, the Friends of the Manhattan Beach Library donated $25,000 to the library, which is used to help pay for everything from programs to books and magazines.
Reiter, a Manhattan Beach resident for 31 years, was recently honored as the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s Adult Volunteer of the Year.
“That was a real big surprise, because it’s a real big library system. It was such an honor. It pleased me, because I had done all this and I didn’t know if anybody even knew what I had done, except the library of course,” Reiter said.
Reiter started volunteering for the library when she retired from working as a computer programmer about 10 years ago. She volunteers about 20 hours a week.
“We are so thankful for Melinda. She’s just so reliable and generous and wonderful. Such a great advocate for the library,” said Manhattan Beach Librarian Melissa…
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