Wrap up holiday shopping at Westport Library book sale
It's a novel way to save money on holiday gifts.
The Westport Public Library will host its third book sale of the year this weekend. Every book, CD or DVD is present-worthy, according to Marcia Logan, the library's communications coordinator, and whether they are new or gently used, all the offerings are priced to sell.
"Since we live in a community which appreciates art, film and books of all kind, we receive marvelous donations all year long," said Mimi Greenlee, the sale chairwoman. "This sale differs from our other book sales because we cull and save books we consider to be in such exceptional condition that one could purchase them as a gift item."
Volunteers were working hard earlier this week in a library storage room, sorting through books of all subjects. Bill Gluckman, who grew up in Westport but now lives in Norwalk, deftly weeded out the perfect from the imperfect. His hands moved as smoothly as a casino card dealer as books went from a cart into boxes designated for various categories, such as children and adult fiction. Gluckman and two female volunteers working clearly had handled the prep work for a book sale before. One of the two women, reluctant to provide her name, said the books in the library's sale generally sell for a quarter of what they might go for on Amazon.com.
Although books bring out the crowds, this year's holiday event includes a silent auction of oil paintings by the late Joanne Degergh Dublin, a former Westport and Weston resident who was active with the Westport Arts Council and saw her work displayed everywhere from Westport Town Hall to galleries in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
"We just wanted to try something new," Logan said.
Assisting bargain hunters Saturday will be a children's librarian from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Book sale hours at the Westport Public Library are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library is located at 20 Jesup Road. For more information, call 203-291-4800.