Wilton Library book sale is back beginning May 20

After 13 months without book sales, the Wilton Library is once again able to open its doors for its Spring Book Sale fundraiser with appointments spanning from Thursday, May 20 to Tuesday, May 25, lasting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. During the spring sale, items will be priced as marked.

Monday, May 24 will be $10 per bag, and Tuesday, May 25 will be $5 per bag.

“We are eager to get books into the hands of our book sale lovers. We have missed seeing happy buyers at our four major book sale fundraisers. It’s been quite a year and the library has lost much needed revenue over the course of the pandemic,” the Wilton Library’s executive director, Elaine Tai-Lauria said in a release.

The library will continue to follow the necessary safety protocols, requiring patrons to wear face masks covering noses and mouths, using hand sanitizers and practicing physical distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“In keeping with the library’s safety measures, this year we’ll be taking appointments for the Book Cellar a.k.a., the lower level, where all the books will be on sale,” Pat Gould, one of the co chairs of the book sale, said.

To reserve a 50-minute appointment, shoppers should visit an online reservation system set up especially for the book sale at https://signup.com/go/PqNwPXO. They will select the specific date and time that they wish to come in and shop. There will be a reservation check in at the front door of the library. For people without access to computers, the Book Cellar can be reached at (203) 762-3950, ext. 7012 to leave a message for a call back. Walk-ins will be accommodated when/if openings occur.

This year’s sale will be held entirely in the lower level, known as the Book Cellar. The more than 70,000 items have been carefully cleaned, sorted, and categorized into more than 50 areas to help buyers quickly locate their favorite sections. With picture books for babies, chapter books and series for teens, mysteries, histories, biographies, historical fiction, gardening and self-help books, art and photography books, cookbooks, plus CDs, DVDs and books on CDs, savvy shoppers will find something for everyone at bargain prices.

The Collectors Corner of rare and collectible books also will be available throughout the five days of the book sale. Shoppers who are ‘in-the-know’ can purchase their finds on the spot without having to wait for any kind of auction results.

Patrons should note that with the Book Cellar overflowing, the library cannot accept book donations at this time. The book donation bins on the Godfrey Place side of the building will open soon after the sale. Patrons should watch for announcements.

“As soon as we’re able to clear the Book Cellar of the thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs, we’ll be able to open up our donation bins. We’ll look forward to starting the process all over again and helping the library with their all-important fundraisers,” Jan MacEwen, one of the co-chairs of the event, said.

“We thank our hardworking volunteers who are making this book sale possible. In what is usually a year-round process, this brave and socially distanced group has been working tirelessly in the last few weeks to get this sale in shape for everyone. Without the dedication of these sorters, cashiers, shelf arrangers and co-chairs it would not be possible for Wilton Library to have the best organized book sale around,” Tai-Lauria said.

The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for directions, and details.

Visit https://signup.com/go/PqNwPXO to make the required appointments.