Fall in New England is a magical season. We are enchanted by the orange, yellow and gold landscape that surrounds us, and charmed by the plump harvest pumpkins and pots of colorful chrysanthemums that decorate doorsteps. The drone of leaf blowers provides a soft backdrop to our Saturday afternoons, and we delight in the crisp, cool days as we slip into sweaters and jackets. Our calendars are full of fall events – craft fairs, school open houses, church suppers – and we’re beginning to think about those holiday menus. But wait! Before we plunge head long into the holidays, there’s one more event that marks the season – the library’s Annual Fall Book Sale.
Libraries depend on book sales to help defray expenses. We are fortunate that our Friends of the Library host two sales each year – one in the fall and the other in the spring. Both events are important sources of income for the library. Funds are used to purchase museum and zoo passes and support our children’s summer reading program. Our Friends work long and hard to organize, sort and sell hundreds of items for each sale.
Generous donations are the key to a successful book sale. So now is the time to clean out that closet, organize those shelves and free yourself of excess clutter. The library happily accepts books, compact discs, videos, audiobooks, children’s books and paperbacks for the sale. Consider donating your items for this worthy cause. There are several reasons you should.
Book sales are a bargain. Library book sales make ownership of books affordable to everyone. You can spend a lot or spend a little and still go home with a bag full of books. Book sales promote recycling – much better for someone else to read the book than to discard it completely. Book sales promote a sense of community. By donating your items, you become part of the larger effort to support library service. Book sales are fun. Everyone loves to browse through tables loaded with books. Book sales raise money for the library in a satisfying way.
You never know what you’ll find – a new bestseller, an old favorite from your childhood, a book long out of print. The oft-told saying that “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is never truer than at a book sale. Discover your treasure at the library’s Fall Book Sale on Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd. Doors open at 10:00 am.