Give and receive at the spring Friends of Otis Library book sale

By Joan Hunt - Managing Editor
Norwich - posted Wed., Mar. 30, 2011
There is something for everyone at the Friends of the Otis Library semi-annual book sale. Check it out on April 8-10 – and it’s still not too late to donate books, CDs or DVDs for this worthy cause. Photos contributed. - Contributed Photo

According to Friends President Ann Lathrop, there is a new wrinkle in the semi-annual Friends of the Otis Library book sale, which takes place this spring on April 8-10. Before the doors are opened to the public, those who want to get first crack at all the great values may do so by purchasing an Early Bird Preview admission for $10.  Early birds will be able to choose from the entire stock of gently-used books from 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday, April 8, before the book sale begins to the general admission at 10 a.m.

Free general admission to the sale is in effect on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April, 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, April 10, from noon to 3 p.m.

Lathrop said a teen/young adult section has also recently been set up near the large collection of children’s books. There is truly something for everyone –from biographies and autobiographies, to cooking and crafts books, self-help and how-to books, religion/philosophy, history, mystery and lots of fiction –  from classics to current, romance, sci-fi and fantasy.

Tables and shelves will also be filled with videos, CDs, and DVDs. And there will also be a quilt raffle.

Book sale co-chairs Torrey Fenton and Amber Price have marshaled an enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteers to sort and arrange the thousands of books that have been coming in to the ever-expanding space over the months since the October sale – and they would love it if they got even more donations.  They are asking residents to go through their attics, basements and closets to look for reading treasures that someone else might enjoy.

All proceeds from the book sale benefit the Otis Library, which needs more support than ever before. Current economic struggles have seen the library’s annual book and materials budget slashed by 60 percent during the past three years. The Friends provide funding to help purchase books and materials to serve library patrons who rely on the Otis for leisure reading, historical and genealogical research, information needed to understand and function in today’s world, and an array of children’s programs.
Hard-cover books and trade paper backs sell for $2 apiece, with children’s books starting at 5¢. Special books are individually marked and command higher prices.

Parking permits for April 10 are now available at the Main Circulation Desk so that Book Sale customers will be able to park beyond the posted time limits on Main Street, Ferry Street, and in the Cliff Street Parking Lot. Permits are not needed on Saturday and Sunday.

The Friends are still accepting donations of clean, gently used books (except textbooks, encyclopedias, and magazines) along with CDs and DVDs, as they do all year. Books can be dropped off, one bag at a time, at the Otis Circulation Desk. For larger donations, call 860-889-2365, ext. 112.

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