Newspaper account of Lincoln's death among library auction items


  More than 70,000 items will be cheek by jowl as Wilton Library embarks on its Gigantic Book Sale on Saturday, April 25. The sale begins at 7 a.m. for early buyers with general admission at 9. Early buyers will have the Book Cellar, gallery and Brubeck Room to themselves from 7 to 9 for an entrance fee of $15 per person.
The general public will then be let in free from 9 to 5 on Saturday, 9 to 5 on Sunday, 10 to 5 on Monday and 10 to 2 on Tuesday. On Saturday, hungry shoppers will be able to fortify themselves with hot dogs and sodas sold by the Rotary Club of Wilton to benefit the library.
Part of the sale will be devoted to a silent auction of rare and collectible items on Saturday and Sunday. Among them are Assignments, a photography book by Anthony Armstrong-Jones, also known as Lord Snowdon, and signed by him; a Journal of Henry David Thoreau, leather-bound set; and Grant and His Campaigns, an 1866 original edition rebound. These treasures are among more than 120 titles in categories of art, children’s, history, literature, science and nature, and more.
Bob Russell, a volunteer in charge of the silent auction said, “We have three early printings of Alice in Wonderland and this is the 150th anniversary of the first edition.  We also have a copy of the April 15, 1865 newspaper about Lincoln’s assassination — this, too, marks its 150th year.” The list of silent auction offerings can be found at wiltonlibrary.org and by clicking on the icon for the Gigantic Book Sale on the homepage.
The thousands of items for sale cover more than 50 categories, including gardening, travel, art, golf, histories and mysteries in formats ranging from books, DVDs, CDs, and books on CDs for babies, toddlers, teens, and adults. There will also be a selection of graphic novels, which become more popular each year.
The sale is organized all year long by a team of volunteers led by Jan MacEwen, who said, “It is because of our dedicated group of volunteers that this fund-raiser comes together so well every year. This valiant team lovingly sorts through new donations each and every week to ensure that the book sale is in tip-top shape for buyers. It’s through their diligence that we’re able to make this such a worthwhile fundraiser for the library.”
Janet Zuckerman, a chair of the event, said, “We are always looking for volunteers to help in this vast undertaking.  In addition to the annual sale, we now have the Summer Sidewalk Sale, the Holiday Sale, the Awesome Autumn Sale, as well as our continuing sale throughout the year in the gallery of the library.  Anyone interested in helping with this wonderful endeavor can contact me at janzuck@gmail.com.”
Information: wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-732-3950, etc. 213.