Wilton Library readies ‘gigantic’ book sale

Volunteers have been working feverishly to ready Wilton Library's Gigantic Book Sale.
Volunteers have been working feverishly to ready Wilton Library's Gigantic Book Sale.

Whoever said books would go by the wayside when digital readers came in has never been to Wilton Library’s Gigantic Book Sale. This year’s annual event is April 27-30, and visitors will find tables, carts and shelves overflowing with books in the library upstairs and down.
The sale opens on Saturday, April 27, with early buying from 7 to 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. to 5 p.m.

  • Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with items half price.

  • Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 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 shoppers with all proceeds benefiting the library.
Pat Gould, one of the chairs of the event, attributes the avalanche of donations to “the Marie Kondo craze” 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,” she said.
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; mysteries, histories, biographies and 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.
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 at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. Information: www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.