UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: High-volume sellers: Pequot, Westport libraries prep for book sales

Saturday, July 20, 2013

High-volume sellers: Pequot, Westport libraries prep for book sales

The real estate market must be improving, based on the number of book donations that Dick Lowenstein witnessed coming into the Westport Public Library for its 21st annual Summer Book Sale, a four-day sale that begins Saturday, July 20. Lowenstein, a book sale volunteer since 1996, is responsible for coordinating the pick-up of donated books and other items, which will number about 80,000 in 50 categories at this year's sale. He said the increased number of donations is coming from people who are telling Lowenstein they have sold their houses and are downsizing.

At the Pequot Library in the Southport section of neighboring Fairfield, volunteers have also seen a marked increase in books and other donations for their sale. The Pequot's five-day 53rd annual Summer Book Sale gets underway on Friday, July 26. But they are crediting the numbers to something else entirely. Doug Fried, chairman of the Pequot book sale, said the increase came after a scare last spring, when the town's Board of Finance recommended a 2013-14 budget without the $350,000 in municipal funding for the privately owned library, which is open to the public. That amount was counted on by library officials for one-third of its operating budget for the coming year, and the threat to eliminate the allocation -- it was later restored by the Representative Town Meeting -- prompted people to donate more money, books and time to the historic institution.

Fried said the Pequot sale has attracted quite a few new faces among the 240 volunteers for this year's event, "a positive result of the troubles we went through."

Although the funding was restored, Pequot officials said it was a reminder to staff and patrons of the library's value and the importance of the Summer Book Sale, which raises more than $150,000 each year selling about 150,000 books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records in about 40 categories.

The event is said to be one of the largest sales of its kind in the Northeast. READ MORE:
http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/High-volume-sellers-Pequot-Westport-libraries-4675422.php

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