Ready… set… go get your book bargains! 

There are plenty book bargains to be had at the Wilton Library’s Gigantic Annual Book Sale, beginning this Saturday, April 22 and running through Tuesday, April 25.

In fact, the treasure trove of savings features upwards of 70,000 items sorted in more than 50 categories, including art books, children’s and teens, cooking, gardening, history, travel, and teacher’s materials; gently used, new, signed, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs; and more. There’s something for everyone.

The book sale benefits both book buyers and the library. With the town budget getting tighter this year, fundraising from every source is critical for the library, and executive director Elaine Tai-Lauria says this book sale is extremely important for just that reason.

“With today’s headlines about the slashing of state and local budgets, people are more aware that fundraising is becoming a major source of revenue for the library. Every new book, DVD, and CD on our shelves and every newspaper in our reading room is purchased with dollars from donations large and small. This book sale goes a long way in helping us maintain the level of commitment our patrons have come to expect.”

Buyers have lots of opportunities to shop:

  • Saturday, April 22, 7-9 a.m.:  Early Buyers with $15 admissions fee; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.:  free to the public
  • Sunday, April 23, noon – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday:  silent auction
  • Monday, April 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.:  books are half-price
  • Tuesday, April 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.:  $5 per bag

On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Wilton will sell hot dogs and sodas at lunchtime, and all proceeds benefit the library.

Bob Russell is in charge of the book sale’s silent auction each year and was impressed with this year’s donations. “We have a great cache this year that should really entice our buyers. They’ll find Caricatures by Enrico Caruso, All About Amos ’n Andy, Sex by Madonna, and books signed by Julie Andrews, Don Rickles and Phyllis Diller. The oldest book is a Bible in German from 1684,” he remarked. These are just some of the more than 150 items on which buyers can bid both Saturday and Sunday. A list of the rare and collectible items is on the library’s website.

According to Jan MacEwen, another chair of the annual spring fundraiser, “Volunteers work steadily throughout the year to keep ahead of the avalanche of gently-used and pristine books, DVDs and CDs that are continuously donated. Even with that schedule, the last three weeks are non-stop cleaning, sorting, and categorizing the thousands of items to get the sale ready for the public.”

Janet Zuckerman, another chair, adds, “The sale is so well known by dealers and book lovers alike. We always hear comments about how well run it is–from the quality and quantity of the items to the organization and display–smart shoppers wait for it every year in April.”

Lila Griswold, a third chair of the event, credits the volunteers. “We have a dedicated group who comes in all year; then we have to marshal even more resources during the book sale to keep shelves and tables replenished and straightened; we provide an abundance of cashiers to keep people moving through the line. It’s a well-oiled machine with terrific people helping out.”

Kim Healy and Patty Connor, two library trustees, are part of that corps of dedicated volunteers. “We realize how essential it is for the library to raise funds, so we are delighted to be a part of this important endeavor.”

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..