UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: 2012 Pequot Library Summer Book Sale July 27

Friday, June 29, 2012

2012 Pequot Library Summer Book Sale July 27

2012 Pequot Library Summer Book Sale
Friday, July 27 to Tuesday, July 31

Hours and Item Descriptions

Book Sale Staff The Pequot Library Annual Summer Book Sale has come a long way since the first official book sale at Pequot Library in 1961. That year the sale consisted of 6,000 volumes and it took three weeks to sell everything. Two men, Stanley Crane, then director of the library, and Fred Woods, former owner of The Open Book Shop, sorted and priced donated books and library discards while receiving assistance from a handful of volunteers.
The Sale was a village event at first, attracting no more browsers than the Auditorium could accommodate comfortably. From the beginning, however, the Library set high standards for the material to be sold; over time, the Sale’s reputation as a treasure trove garnered more and better donations and drew larger crowds. By 1981, a tent was required for additional space. Each year, attendance grew and sales and proceeds soared, ultimately providing nearly 15 percent of the Library’s annual operating budget.
The Book Sale is the biggest fund-raiser of the year at Pequot Library. The Library is a true treasure for all of Southern New England. It brings literature, music, art and learning into the community. It is a place where children are welcome and safe, and introduced to the magic of reading. It exemplifies what a great library should be. The Library serves the town of Fairfield and beyond, into Westport, Norwalk, Bridgeport, and the entire region. The Library is one of Connecticut’s architectural gems and is the home of countless musical programs, lectures, and forums about the pressing issues of the day.
The Pequot Library Book Sale has become a well-loved Fairfield area tradition. People come from all across the country in the hopes of finding just the right book or simply to have a great time talking to other avid book lovers in a beautiful setting.
Pequot Library’s Book Sales are organized by a dedicated team of volunteers, led by the Book Sale Steering Committee, and their collective wisdom about what makes a good book for the sale is what really makes the Pequot Sale so special.

What’s in the Sale: Books and More
The Pequot Library annual Summer Book Sale is one of the biggest and best book sales in New England, if not the country, with over 140,000 books, of unmatched quality and variety, to choose from, and all at great prices. Every imaginable kind of book can be found in the auditorium and under the tents which surround the building during the sale. There are a wide range of selections in such areas as children’s books, current fiction, classic literature, gardening and nature, cooking, history, mystery, science, science fiction, Connecticut and New England, sports, travel, crafts and hobbies, health, music, performing arts, art and architecture, biography, and many more.
The Pequot Library Book Sale is about more than just books, however. The number of high quality, very collectible and valuable LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs, and tapes has risen dramatically in recent years. “This part of the book sale is growing dramatically and drawing in a whole new clientele to the Book Sale,” said Lee Freeman, who with Paige Gillies, oversees this section at the Sale. In addition to DVDs, CDs, classic LPs, and tapes, this section also includes a large selection of audio books, new and antiquarian sheet music, and books on the performing arts. There are also a large number of carefully organized high quality and collectible comic books, which are becoming increasingly popular.

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