With books overflowing every conceivable table, cart, and shelf, Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale is taking shape and ready to open on Saturday, April 27 continuing through Tuesday, April 30.
Early buyers can gain entrance from 7-9 a.m. for a $15 admission fee. The sale is then open to everyone with no admission fee on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, from 1-5 p.m.; Monday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with items half price; and Tuesday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with pricing at $5 per bag (supplied by the library). On Saturday, the Wilton Rotary Club will once again sell hot dogs and beverages to famished shoppers. All proceeds benefit the library.
According to Pat Gould, one of the chairs of the event, “The ‘Marie Kondo-ing’ craze has hit Wilton big-time with everyone cleaning out their basements and attics. The good news there is that we have more books, DVDs, CDs and books on CDs than ever for this annual fundraiser that is so important to the library.”
More than 80,000 items are on sale in more than 50+ categories, ranging from picture books for babies to chapter books and series for teens, from mysteries to histories, from biographies to historical fiction. The sale takes up the full extent of the library’s Book Cellar and overflows into the Brubeck Room for the children’s and teen selections as well as the gallery for the Collectors Corner of rare and collectible books. The Collectors Corner is open throughout all four days of the sale –savvy shoppers can purchase their finds on the spot without having to wait for any kind of auction results.
“This book sale is always so much fun when you see people swooping in to find their next great read at bargain prices,” said Susie Gross, another chair.
Tosha Rawlins agreed, “It’s such a family event with babes in arms and strollers, moms and dads corralling books for their kids, seniors combing through thousands of choices, and teens eagerly spotting their favorite series.”
Elaine Tai-Lauria, the library’s executive director noted, “With the distressing budget news coming out of Hartford each day, fundraisers such as this one are so important to Wilton Library. The funds raised from this book sale help us in maintaining the level of service and quality of books, CDs and DVDs that go on our shelves for patrons to borrow. We are thankful for the smart shoppers who take advantage of this great sale, for the pristine book donations we receive from people during the year, and we’re especially grateful to the loyal group of book sale volunteers who work throughout the year sifting, sorting and selecting to make this event worthwhile for everyone.”
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..