A longtime library employee and Friends of the Library volunteer reached a fundraising milestone this year.
Al Dollerschell, who sells donated books online for the Friends organization, reached $100,000 from online book sales throughout his volunteer service.
When Dollerschell started selling books in 2004, he averaged a little more than $100 a month from book sales.
“The best sale was $899 for a book on investment strategies published in 1991,” Dollerschell said. Titled “Margin of Safety: Risk Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor,” the book remains popular online.
“Copies are still selling for that amount, so check your attic,” Dollerschell added.
In addition to selling thousands of books over 17 years to reach the $100,000 milestone in March, Dollerschell is a part-time library cataloger.
“Libraries are fundamental to the educational and recreational fabric of a democracy. Anything that can be done to raise funds and promote libraries is worth doing,” said Dollerschell, who retired from Rochester Technical and Community College’s Goddard Library in 1997.
While COVID-19 prevented Dollerschell from working at Rochester Public Library during the year, he continued with his volunteer work.
After a total of 61 years working in libraries, Dollerschell said he’s made the decision to completely retire.
Keri Ostby, head of the Rochester library’s technical services, said the staff is sad to see him leave, but grateful for his contributions.
“I’m not surprised he reached $100,000,” she said. “Al is incredibly reliable, knowledgeable, and dedicated in his cataloging work, and clearly his skills carried over to his volunteer work."