If you think the printed word has seen its day in this age of cyber omnipresence, think again.

Book lovers began lining up more than 17 hours before the Saturday morning start of the annual book sale at the Westport Library, hoping to snatch up their favorite titles or find a collectible bargain.

The sale, at the library and under tents on Jesup Green, spans four days and offers more than 80,000 selections in over two dozen literature categories, as well audio and visual media like CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and vinyl records.

Visitors came from near and far, like Patty Satkiewicz, from Brooklyn, N.Y. "I'm with a friend whose mother is a longtime reading teacher. We do some trading with each other," she said. "This is my first time here. My friend said the sale gets crazy with attendance."

Westport native Marion Leaman said she has been coming to the Sale for as long as it's been around. "My daughter said we had to stop here to load up before I drop here at sleepaway camp, so she has reading materials," said Leaman.

Mimi Greenlee, the chairwoman of the sale, was pleased by the first day's turnout. "Everyone seemed happy and calm coming in this year," she said. "There was a no line holding policy this year so people started showing up last night and camped out to be here physically."

About the tight parking, because of the Fine Arts Festival also taking place downtown, Greenlee said, "Don't get discouraged ... Try the Imperial lot and walk over the bridge by the Levitt Pavilion."

Remaining hours for the sale are: Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., when everything is half-price, and Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., when items will be "sold" for donations.

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